Does your sylviculture follow a reasoned and biological process?
The forest is a living environment whose integrity, stability and prosperity are highly dependent on species diversity. In this complex environment, equilibrium is provided by animals, plants and bacteria. From these intrinsic virtues arises a certainty: The more complex the forest - in terms of mixtures, structures, micro-contexts, interfaces - the more it will be resistant, multi-functional and, therefore, productive in the long term. Recognizing this, EcoTree has adopted a nature-based silviculture based on minimum interference and relying on the notion of resilience. Indeed, anything that modifies the natural functioning of the forest (reduction of biodiversity or guilds, excessive rejuvenation of the massif, oversimplification of the structure of afforestation, significant reduction of dead wood, modification of the disturbance regime, etc.), is suspected of modifying more or less strongly the biodiversity and the functioning of the forest ecosystem. This is also why EcoTree is committed to using no chemicals in its forestry. Only natural fertilizers are used during planting. In the fight against insects, EcoTree uses mechanical methods (against hylobius, for example, mixing of species, webs and birds nests, refusal of clear cuts) or existing organics (introduction of insect predators that target phytophages such as Carabidae Coleoptera, Cleridae, Rhizophagidae, Coccinellidae, Asilidae Diptera, Syrphidae, Hymenoptera or Formicidae). Against cervids, a natural repellent, Trico (sheep fat), will be used. When clearing, cleaning is manually done and possibly mechanically; in any case, there is no chemical treatment with glyphosate. Finally, if a system of anthropic disturbances were to be declared, EcoTree would develop the approach to tackling this system through observing the resilience of the forest. Ultimately, EcoTree's management aims to harmonize innovations with the laws of nature, and therefore, make the most of the natural production of forest goods and services.