USDA Forest Service

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Any of a set of management activities that can assist in the prompt recovery of forestlands. Treatments can include any combination of live, dead, or dying wood removal or disposal (with or without commercial value) by logging, piling, masticating, burning, or other methods. In addition, planting or seeding, with or without site preparation, are appropriate management activities designed to foster prompt recovery following wildfire. In some cases, the preferred "treatment" is natural regeneration and monitoring. Treatments also include follow-up activities to control vegetation that competes with desired trees during the early establishment period, usually 1 to 5 years after establishment, using any viable method that meets Land and Resource Management Plan direction.

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