are too small to be considered clearcuts
, and are instead considered a form of selection cut
. Below a certain clearcut size, seedling regeneration advantage shifts from the shade intolerant species favored in clearcuts to the shade tolerant species favored by selection harvests. Patch cuts can have less visual impact that clearcuts, and can mimic some stand disturbance processes. Patch cuts can also be simpler than trying to selectively log
individual trees within a selection cut.