The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is now offering tree marking for landowners in an effort to improve the health of hardwood forests and softwood plantations.
Tree marking involves carefully selecting trees for harvest based upon improving forest health. Tree marking before harvesting improves the forest’s growth and quality, ensures regeneration, and enhances wildlife habitat.
Jay Ebel, forestry technician for the UTRCA, says the conservation authority’s specialists can provide a knowledgeable, impartial perspective to landowners and selective logging contractors.
“We are able to act as an objective third party with forest health as our primary focus. We are pleased to offer this new service to landowners throughout the upper Thames watershed,” he adds.
UTRCA technicians will select trees to be cut or left based on their growth potential and ability to provide seed or wildlife benefits in the forest. This selection process takes into consideration a variety of tree characteristics, not just tree size. Each tree to be cut is marked with paint to ensure that the prescription is followed.
You can watch the UTRCA tree marking service in action below.