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Windthrow Management Guidance

Windthrow Best Practices

(Refer to the Silvicultural Systems Handbook, Silvicultural Systems Guidebook and the Biodiversity Guidebook)

  • 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 during planning.
  • 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 is minimized.

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