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Thinning regimes and timber quality - RFS online training

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An introduction to the silvicultural practice of thinning with Jez Ralph of Timber Strategies

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Thursday 25 November 2021 - Online - 11.00am to 1.00pm

Tutor - Jez Ralph, Timber Strategies

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Thinning is a major component of silviculture and has a significant effect not only on how the stand grows but also on the internal timber quality. As more people move towards continous cover type systems “thinning” becomes ever more complex and the opportunities to use thinning well become ever greater. Even in even-aged stands, thinning will dictate the quality and saleability of timber.

This 1.5hour seminar will cover the basic foundations of the interactions of thinning and timber quality as well as looking at recent research. We will cover:

  • A short primer in timber properties and thinning types.
  • How differing thinning techniques will effect qualities such as density, knottiness, stiffness and grain.
  • How to plan thinning regimes based on timber quality objectives.
  • The consequences of over and under-thinning.
  • Balancing thinning costs to timber markets.

About the tutor:

Jez Ralph has been working in the forestry and timber industries for 20 years. From a Masters degree in Forest management his interest grew in timber use and timber quality. In 2011 Jez was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to investigate increasing the value of timber for small-scale forest owners around the world. This led to working with the Architectural Association School of Architecture, managing their forest campus and part of the team developing digital solutions & robotic applications for using lower-grade wood. In 2015 Jez set up Timber Strategies which is sits in the underdeveloped area between forestry and timber use. Timber Strategies is involved in developing value-chains and integrated supply-chains that maximise quality & value of timber. The business works with forest-owners, sawmills, timber-users and policy-makers equally as well as teaching at schools of forestry and architecture.

A zoom link and joining instructions will be provided the week before the session. If you have any queries please email events@rfs.org.uk


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Founded in 1882, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is one of the largest and longest established educational charities dedicated to inspiring passion and excellence in woodland managment.

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