UPM Blandin developed the Smart Forestry℠ method of using plant communities and ecological principles as a basis for silviculture practices and maintaining biodiversity. The method is based on ecological classification with the aim of growing the optimum quality and value forest by promoting trees that grow best in each plant community type.
UPM also applies a 'life cycle' concept, starting with initial establishment of young trees, survival checking, pre-commercial spacing, several commercial thinnings and regeneration harvests. Valuable habitats are identified and recorded as part of standard operational planning. Forest certification is nearly universal in Minnesota. All UPM land is SFI certified, and both SFI and FSC are used by industry, the state and counties. A few private landowners have land certified under the American Tree Farm System.
“Blandin foresters approach every tract of land with Smart Forestry℠ guidelines in hand. A traditional forester looks up at the trees; we walk around looking down, at natures clues in the soils and ground plants.”
- Cheryl Adams, Manager UPM Blandin Forestry