Westwind strives to manage the French-Severn forest in an environmentally sustainable way. From planning to operations, ensuring that the forest and forest values will be present and healthy in the future is incorporated at each stage.
The planning process incorporates modelling which helps to determine the level and type of harvesting that will allow adequate forest habitat and values for the current plan period and for many plan periods into the future. The forest management plan protects and enhances species at risk and their habitat by creating specific area of concern prescriptions for each species at risk and their associated habitat. Tree marking before harvest ensures that wildlife trees are left in every stand, values are protected, and that areas of concern are identified. During harvesting, compliance inspections assess damage to the environment such as rutting and requires actions if issues arise. Finally, regeneration assessments determine whether regeneration has been successful or further action needs to be taken to renew the forest.