Primary treatment: Clearcut with reserves. Harvest merchantable aspen, birch, fir, spruce, jack pine, and red pine. Leave tree preference: red pine, jack pine, spruce, birch, aspen, and then fir. When identifying leave trees and leave areas, consider fire behavior and favor areas such as north facing slopes and low wet areas. Favor clumped leave areas and reserve trees where practical to create leave areas without slash. Avoid putting leave trees and legacy patches within 100 feet of the payment unit perimeter. Distribute harvest slash evenly across the unit for burning. Retain and scatter tops to get seed cones across the site.
Secondary treatment: Site prep burn as much of the stands that are in the project area for harvest as possible, including areas not harvested. If practical, burn the entire project at one time. Burn under conditions that will maximize mineral soil exposure for tree regeneration. Mortality in leave trees and reserve areas is expected. If site prep burn does not occur within 2 years of harvest, then mechanically prepare the site.
Red pine stands: Seed a mixture of 50/50 red pine, jack pine; if surveys to not show adequate regen from seeding, then plant. Monitor survival. Release as needed. Certify at 400 conifer per acre.
Mixed aspen stands: Natural regeneration. Monitor stocking. Certify regen at 4000 tpa aspen, 1000 tpa birch, 400 tpa conifer, or 1500 tpa aspen/birch/coni mix.
Objective is to increase flexibility and effectively burn at a landscape scale. Allow prescribed fire in adjacent areas to be held at natural boundaries. Fire may enter the stand but the objective is not to burn the standing timber. Ignite or suppress fire in unit if needed for holding. If more than 40% of the unit burns, monitor stocking.