German foresters influenced how trees are harvested in North America by importing their techniques and establishing training via the first forestry schools. These techniques are now accepted worldwide, insure adequate timber volumes for wood products and allow for reestablishment of stands of trees for future harvest.
Classifications of reproduction methods result in a calculated harvest that insures the regeneration of future tree stands. Every harvest situation is different depending on available seed, desirable trees left to grow, soil conditions favorable for tree regeneration and an ability of harvested trees to regenerate from vegetative sprouts. Learn more about how harvesting methods result in a future forest.