SCA uses environmentally compatible management methods that mimic the natural processes that were common in northern forests in the past, but no longer occur because of human intervention.
This includes forest fires, which used to be far more common. These are now imitated using controlled burning. The burning benefits rare species that are dependent on burnt wood for survival, at the same time as it creates a varied landscape with forest of different ages, much dead wood and plentiful deciduous trees that in turn are important key species in the forest landscape. SCA carries out an average of approximately 100 hectares of controlled burning each year, in addition to a large number of clearances with controlled burning.