Reforestation of timberland after a timber harvest is an important aspect of timber sales.
It provides investment to the landowner, increase in future property value and forest sustainability.
The most common method of reforestation today is artificial regeneration. In this method, quality tree seedlings are planted on a site that has been prepared by herbicide, prescribed fire, mechanical methods or a combination of these methods. This allows the forester to manage the number of trees per acre on site, depending on many factors, including site quality.
While less common today, natural regeneration can be effective in certain situations. In this method, reforestation is dependent upon seed from either surrounding trees or seed trees left on site.