Windthrow Management Guidance
Windthrow Best Practices
(Refer to the Silvicultural
Systems Handbook, Silvicultural
Systems Guidebook and the Biodiversity
- Windthrow needs to be recorded, evaluated and managed.
- Windthrow is a natural disturbance agent and as such, it periodically
occurs. As a result, flexibility to address salvage should be included
- Variation from cutblock size limits can be planned as required to
address windthrow risks.
- Harvesting adjacent to non-greened up stands, where it is necessary
to salvage windthrow, is allowed.
Best practices should include:
- a statement of windthrow management objectives
- consideration of windthrow risk
- inclusion of strategies to minimize and recover windthrow
- identification and evaluation of windthrow risk
- integration of windthrow risk into choice of silvicultural system.
Windthrow is a natural ecological process. Salvage should not compromise
site objectives. Plan cutblocks so that windthrow risk to wildlife patches