A healthy forest is one that retains its capacity for self-renewal. Trees that remain in these forests are those that will continue to provide ecologically important functions, such as species diversity, size diversity, and seed sources. Timber trees that remain will continue to increase in value. Suitable conditions are provided for the regeneration of desirable tree and non-tree species, and this regeneration is abundant and vigorous.

Management should not be focused just on the trees to be harvested, but on the forest as a whole, including non-timber resources such as waters, wildlife, and sensitive areas. A well-managed forest protects and promotes ecological functions while meeting current and future landowner management objectives.

Maintaining the long-term health and integrity of forested areas is always our focus. In most instances, there is a wide middle ground where we can protect the integrity of the ecological system while utilizing forest resources. In other cases, protection requires setting aside areas from harvest. Protecting the capacity of the forest for self-renewal while addressing landowner objectives are the fundamental goals of Wolf River Forestry.

Wolf River Forestry is a member of the Forest Guild, which promotes sustaining and restoring forest integrity while meeting the needs of people who rely on those forests.

 See Forest Guild Principles.