The Purpose of this Windthrow Course:
The increased use of partial cutting silvicultural systems
has generated widespread interest in windthrow management.
This on-line course introduces participants to the concepts
and tools necessary for assessing windthrow hazard and
developing prescriptions to reduce windthow damage to
opening boundaries and reserve trees or groups within
cutblocks and within riparian management areas.
This 2002 on-line version includes research results on
tree responses to windloading, windflow within small openings
and uniformly thinned stands, GIS-based techniques for
building empirical models and mapping windthrow risk at
the landscape scale, and windfirming techniques.