The Wisconsin DNR recommends shelterwood harvests as a generally accepted.
tree falling omen Mar 17, Preparing a typical shelterwood condition could include three possible types of cuttings: 1) a preliminary cut might be made to select high yielding trees to leave for seed production; 2) an establishment cut can be made that prepares a bare soil seed-bed as well as trees that provide seed just before seed fall; and/or 3) a removal cut of overstory seed trees that have established seedlings Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins.
1There is a noticeable difference between the studied shelterwood and seed tree harvest. The difference between the shelterwood and seed tree method is that in the shelterwood method the trees are needed to shade and protect the young seedlings during the establishment period, and in the seed tree method the trees are only used to produce seeds.
Advantages: 1. Shelterwood cutting differs from the seed-tree method in that sufficient residual trees are retained to influence environmental conditions for an entire stand, rather than just a small area Forest.