Planted forests are composed of trees established through planting and/or through deliberate seeding of native or introduced species. Establishment is either through afforestation on land which has not carried forest within living memory or by reforestation of previously forested land.
Planted forests comprise the planted component within semi-natural forests and forest plantations for productive and protective purposes. The logic of the newly applied grouping is that the planted component of semi-natural forest, with similar establishment patterns and intensive silvicultural treatments, is not materially different from forest plantations. The scope of planted forests in the continuum of forest types is outlined in the table below.
Scope and concept of planted forests