Ecosystem restoration is a common objective of public and private land owners throughout eastern North America. Specific restoration objectives vary according to ecosystem function and the level of degradation from target conditions. To reach restoration objectives, land managers commonly use silvicultural techniques, such as timber harvest, herbicide application, and prescribed fire. In practice, however, these methods are not always applied with a silvicultural basis. We seek to apply silvicultural concepts of growing space occupancy, light availability, and competitive dynamics to restoration context across a variety of ecosystems to reach specific objectives.