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FAQ What is Hygrading and why is it so Bad??
FAQ  What is Hygrading and why is it so Bad??
  Hygrading is the slow destruction of a forest via removing the higher quality trees and leaving the poorest quality trees.
  Hygrading is one of the main forest ailments that foresters fight against.
  Hygrading is often the result of well-meaning landowners and loggers who go with the old fashioned idea of cutting the big trees and letting the smaller trees grow a while longer.
  Some loggers go so far as to set up contracts with landowners allowing them to take all trees over a certain diameter while leaving all of the smaller trees.
  The problem with the "leave the smaller trees to grow” logic is that often times the smaller trees are the same age as the larger trees, they are just defective trees.
  By leaving these defective trees and removing the best trees in the forest it degrades the genetic seed source of the forest with each thinning.
  Over time we find that in certain counties all of the private lands that are not being supervised by a Forester, look like they are not capable of growing good trees.
  While nearby industrial forests, and ... more

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