shelterwood method

shelterwood method

[′shel·tər‚wu̇d ‚meth·əd]
(forestry)
A method for ensuring tree reproduction; older trees are removed by successive cuttings so that the amount of light reaching the seedlings is gradually increased.
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Most of this kind of harvesting is by shelterwood methods, which leave a light overstoryo of larger trees to shelter the seedling forests until they are well-enough established to be considered saplings.