Tending can be an important treatment to allow management objectives to be met at both the stand and forest level. The objective of tending is to ensure that desired individual trees are provided space, light, water and nutrients necessary for survival and growth. Tending can take a number of forms and occurs in all silvicultural systems.
The most common tending that occurs in the French-Severn Forest is stand improvement wherein residual trees are spaced and smaller desirable trees are released from overhead competition. Stand improvement is normally carried out in conjunction with a harvest with the stand improvement trees being diseased, of poor health and quality or simply too closely spaced to other trees. Stand improvement removes trees that are larger than saplings in any size class and occurs in both selection and shelterwood stands.