By: Todd Thomas, BMP Forester, Texas Forest Service
Q: While discussing streamside management zones (SMZs) with a co-worker, the topic of thinning came up. I told him that the guidelines recommend leaving at least 50 ft2 of basal area per acre. He insisted that it was 50% crown cover. Who is right? Is there really a difference?
*This article was published in the August 2012 issue of the Texas Logger