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Reforestation

Reforestation utilizes forestry practices for managing sustainability of timberland and woodlands.


Reforestation

Reforestation is not new, although it is a relatively new part of forestry management. Reforestation, natural reforestation, is how forests and woodlands thrive after being devastated by wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and infestations. Timber management professionals and logging companies have joined nature in working to preserve this natural resource.

Two Types of Forest Regeneration

Natural Regeneration refers to trees that sprout without involvement from mankind. Natural regeneration typicaly occurs through seeds that fall from mature tree, are carried or buried by animals, or transported by wind or water. Hardwoods sometimes regrow from live stumps however; these trees are usually weak. Relying on natural regenration means lsing all control over the time it takes to reforest an area, what types of trees grow, or the spacing and arrangement of tree. An example of natural regenration is the recovery of most areas after a forest fire.

Artificial Regeneration refers to trees grown form the direct actions of mankind. Artifical regeneration is done by planting seedlings or seeds from mature trees. Artificial regenration This method of forest renewal has several advantages over natural regeneration. Articial regeneration is a pro-active approach which expedites reforestation. By controlling the types, quantity and location of planting you have a very good idea of what to expect from that day forward. An example of artificial regenration is a Christmas tree farm.

If you choose to utilize artificial regeneration you need to find a source for tree seedlings and tree seeds. Additionally you need to understand the proper ways to transport, store and plant tree seedlings and tree seeds.


The Georgia Forestry Commission is the top source for reforestation help. Contact the GFC at 478-751-3500