Young stand management is a profitable investment in sustainable forest management

Young stand management creates growth space for trees. Early cleaning is usually carried out 4–8 years after planting, and pre-commercial thinning when the stand is 10–15 years old. Young forest management should be performed if young stand management has not been carried out in time. Your personal forest specialist will tell you when young stand management should be carried out in your forest.

Request an offer on forest management

Request an offer on forest management from your local forest specialist. The forest specialist knows which forest management work needs to be carried out in your forest. Forest management includes for example the establishment of a new forest and young stand management. You can also request an offer in the Metsäverkko service. These services are only available in Finland.

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Four reasons for young stand management

  • Increased forest yield

    Increased forest yield

  • Timeliness saves money

    Timeliness saves money

  • Benefits to the climate

    Benefits to the climate

  • Forestry subsidies promotes young stand management

    Forestry subsidies promotes young stand management

The goal of young stand management: a diverse and sustainable forest

In young stand management, diversity is a constant consideration from early cleaning onward, as the choices made have lasting impacts on the forest. For example, if all the broadleaved trees are removed during young stand management, it will be difficult to incorporate them into the forest later.

The aim in young stand management is to grow a mixed forest, which improves biodiversity and sustainability in a changing climate. During early cleaning, silver birch that are grown from seed and are no taller than the surrounding conifers are preserved. Other broadleaved trees are also left in large open spots. The number of broadleaved tree species is the same before and after young stand management.

The final choices concerning the trees to be grown during the forest cycle are made during pre-commercial thinning. If the goal is to grow a coniferous forest, a mix of broadleaved trees accounting for approximately 10 per cent is left in place. This increases biodiversity and adds variety to the landscape.

If undergrowth is not a problem for tree growth, it does not need to be completely removed. This also avoids unnecessary work. Young stand management also involves the establishment of new protective thickets or the preservation of old ones, which are excluded from forestry at all stages of forest management. Protective thickets provide protection and nutrition for birds and mammals.