When it comes time to reduce the concentration of a species or just a number of individual trees in a given landscape, selective thinning is used to achieve the target balance between clear-cutting and just letting a forest go. Given time, during ecological "succession", a forest will continue to grow, both in terms of the number of trees growing and in the amount of individual growth per tree. Thinning cuts back on the density of trees competing with each other for finite natural resources, and gives the remaining trees better healthy growth opportunity. Thinning enhances the health of the thinned-out stand while also reduces fuel load per acre, killing two birds with one stone.
Thinning goes hand in hand with beetle management projects, as beetle-hit trees must be removed along with dead and dying. There is both an art and a science that accompany successful tree thinning, as no two stands of trees are exactly alike and each stand presents its own unique set of circumstances, pathogens, topography, species, tree counts, aesthetics, fuel profile, economy, and desires of the landowner.
We would like to help you thin according to your needs and the lay of the stands you are working with, with the long view toward being proud of the stewardship decisions we make together on the project. We work closely with Wyoming State Foresters on our bigger projects, whose background and expertise in marking trees for removal in beetle mitigation is invaluable on significant levels.