Our Forestry Practices

AST is passionate about promoting ecologically sustainable forest management through innovative, site-specific silvicultural systems.

There is no one ‘recipe book’ for management and each forest requires a unique silvicultural solution. We develop detailed forest management plans with forest owners which work primarily within the boundaries of the biological system whilst also considering the needs of the landholder and the economic constraints. Forest plans remain flexible and are regularly revised in recognition of the need for adaptive management in these dynamic natural systems.

Harvesting operations are designed to mimic natural disturbance regimes and work within the natural structure and dynamics of the forest. Careful tree marking prior to harvest is integral to ensuring that harvesting is carried out in accordance with these silvicultural objectives as well as the FSC regulations and legislative controls.

AST carries out internal audits within the group and verifies our operations through the independent third-party auditing of the FSC certification scheme.

Our Forestry Practices