“Ensuring the sustainability of Ontario’s public and private woodlands”
What is a Tree Marker?
Tree marking involves the careful selection of trees for harvest (under a partial cutting system), based on a forest management prescription. Tree markers help ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s public and private woodlands by making ‘cut and leave’ decisions for individual trees. The trees are evaluated based on their:
- growth, health and product potential
- ability to provide seed
- wildlife benefits
The management objectives for particular woodlands are also considered. To successfully meet harvesting objectives, tree markers must make use of their expertise in accurately interpreting a sustainable forest management prescription and applying it to the specific conditions found in that forest. Each tree to be cut is marked with paint to ensure that the prescription is followed.
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