Forests are an important part of our state’s environment and economy. When they are well managed, forests provide a range of environmental, social and economic benefits such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation and thousands of wood products. Good management practices ensure the forests will stay healthy and productive for a long time.
In contrast, when forests are not well managed, forests are often unhealthy due to overcrowding, disease, insects, and too much competition for light, soil nutrients and water. Unhealthy forests lead to shorter life for trees, shrinking forestland and catastrophic wildfires.
There are many different management practices. In California the main types of forest management is reforestation, even-age management, uneven-age management, prescribe burning and thinning.
We choose the type of management depending on what we are managing our forest for including improving the health of the forest; controlling the types of trees that grow on the site; attracting certain wildlife species; providing lumber and numerous other forest products; and improving access to recreational activities.