Site Species Matching

Site Species Matching Tool – Ugandan Launch

Ugandan Government is progressing on restoring the 2.5 million hectares of degraded land by the year 2030. With tree farming increasingly becoming a profitable venture, not only in Uganda but on the international market, the demand for wood products and commercial forestry is growing.

The Importance of Forestry

Why do we actually need to look after and grow our forests and wood lots around the world? The forestry industries importance is highlighted across the commercial space as well as the benefits forests play in our daily lives. In this post, we discuss the critical value both commercial and natural forests play in our lives.

Examples of site species matching at work

Certain species have characteristics that make them suitable for certain products or uses and are therefore a preferred choice from a commercial perspective. However, if the available sites to plant these species do not have the requirements that provide optimal growth for that species, then it will not perform successfully, leading to potential losses or crop failure. Below are examples of specific species’ characteristics and where they might do well as a commercial crop.

What makes a tree grow well?

Site species matching to a particular environment is a critical element for any forestry project to be successful in that the trees grown are not only suitable for the relevant market conditions but that the tree crops attain optimal growth. This means that trees planted are able to survive during the early stages of growth, are healthy and vigorous throughout their life and reach a marketable stage as quickly as possible.

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