Harvesting Sustainably: Mercer Forestry Services builds preservation into plans

Mercer International Inc.
August 18, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Sustainability is completely integrated into our strategies and behaviors at Mercer Forestry Services when it comes to harvesting timber. It impacts every aspect of our work, including pre-planning, logistics, and post-harvest activities. The industry works together within an allowable annual cut to ensure timber is harvested on a sustainable basis within forest areas. Harvest plans are carefully compiled by forest professionals to determine special considerations for particular areas. Strategies include leaving certain tree species behind for structural diversity, habitat for wildlife, and coarse woody debris (CWD) recruitment.  Maintaining CWD of all sizes and decay classes aids in forest productivity in terms of soil function, tree growth, and ecosystem productivity in terms of habitat. Plans also include requirements for retaining deciduous trees, small patches of advanced health regeneration, and saplings that exhibit good form and vigor.

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