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Reforestation

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Reforestation can be accomplished either naturally or artificially. Natural reforestation depends on seed in place on the forest floor, seed from seed trees, and sprouting of cut trees. Trees that reforest a site naturally are often the best suited for that particular site. In many cases, though, past management of forestland necessitates the use of artificial regeneration. In other cases, artificial regeneration is used to favor commercially valuable tree species. When planting or seeding a harvested site, choose tree species that are suited to that site.

Whether a site is reforested naturally or artificially, it is best to begin the new stand as quickly as possible. Any increase in erosion, water yield, and storm flow coming from a logged site diminishes rapidly as the site revegetates.

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