Tree planters are important to the reforestation process. Every day, a tree planter has the important job of handling and planting hundreds of seedlings, and giving each one the best chance for survival and growth.
To help prepare for microsite planting and choose the best possible planting spot for each seedling:
For information on growth requirements for trees:
Microsite Selection and the Informed Planter (PDF) - Choosing the best planting spot is critical. This presentation is designed to help you understand microsite planting—that is, how to choose the best possible planting spot for each seedling you plant.
When growth-limiting factors prevent good seedling growth, foresters may decide to create better microsites with mechanical site preparation (MSP).
Microsite Planting: Mechanical Site Preparation (PDF, 1.1MB) - Sometimes, growth limiting factors are so severe that even the best planting spots do not provide the conditions for good seedling growth. In that case, foresters may decide to create better microsites with mechanical site preparation (MSP). MSP is done after logging but before planting, with machines that dig, plow, scrape, or mix the soil.