This upland oak woodlot was commercially thinned. Thinning overstocked stands removes overcrowded trees and reduces the threat of severe insect and disease infestations.
Cultural control strives to prevent an interfering plant problem by maintaining a healthy mix of desirable tree species. Maintaining a vigorous and healthy forest helps reduce infestations. Understand that cultural control practices alone may not be enough to prevent interfering plants from establishing.
The following is a list of cultural control practices used in forests to suppress and/or prevent interfering plant establishment.