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Appendix 1.

Stand selection guidelines for use in stand management prescriptions

These stand selection guidelines are intended to aid in the evaluation and selection of appropriate sites and pruning treatments for inclusion in stand management prescriptions. The guidelines are ranked from most desirable (1) to least desirable (3) with some stands ranked as treatment Not Recommended (NR). These guidelines are designed to aid in stand selection for first lift pruning up to 3 m and second lift pruning to 5.5 m. Once stands have been selected using these guidelines, financial factors should be evaluated on the selected stands to ensure an acceptable return on the pruning investment. Economic factors involved in deciding whether or not to prune are not addressed in this guide.