Forest Management: Renewal & Tending

Silvicultural systems employed in Algonquin Park are primarily selection and uniform shelterwood and are managed according to the silvicultural ground rules (SGR) identified in the Forest Management Plan (Table FMP-5). Both of these systems rely heavily upon natural regeneration and the first and most important aspect to implementation of these management systems requires certified tree markers to identify the trees to be retained and removed, while taking into account other resource values such as wildlife habitat, aesthetics and species diversity.

In some instances planting, spacing and releasing trees from competition is required. The majority of the artificial regeneration, site preparation and cleaning is carried out in the pine forest units.


Mechanical site preparation readies the area for tree planting or natural seeding.