A major tool in the forester's field pack is chemical herbicide and its application equipment. When growing new forests, poor quality woody stem broadleafed brush needs to be controlled to improve tree planting conditions and reduce competition for nutrients. Herbicides are also used in maturing forests to improve the site's environment in favor of the managed timber stand by removing competing vegetation. A real challenge is to find just the right chemical for the site as recommended in the forest's management plan.
Here are some of the most popular herbicides used to control woody stem plants in American woodlands. Each chemical has its own unique qualities and some can be used in combination with others to broaden the application's effectiveness. Listed here is a description of each of the most popular forestry herbicides.
Container of Glyphosate, Photo by Steve Nix