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Silviculture

Silviculture is the science of the cultivation of trees to meet diverse needs. Silviculture is a branch of the science of forestry. Many different silvicultural systems are used to establish and maintain healthy forest growth, including clearcutting, seed-tree, shelterwood and selection. Trees are replenished in various ways, including seeds, seedlings and cuttings. The word silviculture is derived from the Latin word silva meaning wood and the French word culture meaning cultivation. Related words are silvicultural, silviculturist. Occasionally, one will find silviculture spelled as sylviculture, though this is more properly the French spelling of the word.


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A few months after his 11th birthday, his mother — whom he affectionately calls “Hippie Jude,” moved the family to a tiny town at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in Montana, where she worked as a forestry technician with the U.S. Forest Service and eventually become a supervisory genetics forester with a degree in silviculture and botany from the University of Montana. (The Seattle Times)

With our forest licence, Stuwix encouraged our community entrepreneurs to establish their own businesses and they became more involved in all aspects of the industry, from logging and silviculture to forest managers. (The Prince George Citizen)

He previously worked for the U.S. Federal Forest Service: two years as a firefighter and two years as a forestry and silviculture technician and recently served as the city forester for Jamestown for two years. (The Bismarck Tribune)

The event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory, and applying approved silviculture practices. (The News-Reporter)

The impact of tree diseases is already starting to be felt financially in Britain, according to Graham Taylor, managing director of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture, a woodland management and forestry consultancy that looks after 20,000 hectares of trees. (The Financial Times)

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