Silviculture Program

Division of Forestry

Definitions - Silviculture Program

Fundamentals of ecological silviculture

Stand structure definition

"Stand structure is the physical and temporal distribution of trees and other plants in a stand" (Oliver and Larson 1996). Understanding of the structural dynamics must take into account the silvical characteristics of the individual species and the ecological relationships that integrate the species mix to the site. Due to the dynamic nature of forest ecosystems, the silviculturist must account for growth and ecological changes to design a long-term vision for the stand structure over the life of the stand.