See the Trees for the Forest – Value vs Volume
Sometimes logging an area takes on a very different look than many people expect to see. RCFC has been using partial cutting and commercial thinning as a method of extracting value out of the forest without clearcutting. While clearcutting has its place in forestry, so does partial cutting. In the right situation, partial cutting can dramatically increase the value of the forest over a number of entries and leave the forest manager with multiple options in the future.
Take for example this block up the Key Road, CP 227 Block 1. This block was harvested early in 2012 to remove 30% of the volume in order to thin the stand to increase growth of the trees left.
If this tree had been harvested 25 years ago it would have been utilized as a cedar sawlog (approx. value today of $85/m3). By letting it grow to a larger diameter and height the tree is worth much more as a cedar pole (2 to 4 times the value). Additionally, this tree has put on considerable volume so not only has the tree increased its value, it’s over doubled its volume over that 25 years. So we now have a tree worth 4 to 8 times what it would have been worth if it had been harvested 25 years ago. You do the math!!!
The remaining stand can also achieve a number of different objectives such as biodiversity, wildlife trees, visuals, snag recruitment, natural regeneration and lichen dispersal to the next generation. Over the years, RCFC has determined that if you want certain species of trees to grow back in these areas, you must plant those trees. 2500 cedar trees were planted in this block to encourage the next generation of trees to begin to grow. Once again, this gives forest managers in the future options on how that area is managed.
And so the cycle begins again…..