the naked truth about the natural
of an Ohio Hardwoods.
forest is a truly renewable natural resource. We made a clear cut
harvest for several reasons, some of which can be seen in the aerial
view. The early succession re-growth that is shown will provide the
habitat required by a variety of animals. Certain wildlife and song
birds will continue to use this area until it grows beyond their needs,
but other species of birds and wildlife will occupy this forest over
time as it reaches maturity.
A 15 acre clear cut was done April 2001, this
aerial photograph was taken May 1st. We expect complete reforestation of this site
from the existing seed and sapling source with no plantings done. I have planted
some Norway Spruce as winter cover for wildlife, approx. 150 Red Oak seedlings
and cast out 5,000 Red Oak seeds, as well as 25 champion Butternut seedlings.
Red slash marks indicate large logs that were placed in the open area. As the
young trees get very thick and dense (approx 4-6 years), these logs will provide
a “drumming” spot for Ruffed Grouse males to drum their wings in spring
courtship. Light blue is a riparian zone or waterway protecting the natural
water runoff into the proposed pond site. Yellow area is a big tree open spot
that is being cleared for eventual seeding with clover and other plantings. This
will create a park like area with
plenty of vegetation and insects for wildlife among the large individual trees.
This 180° panorama photo was taken shortly after the
harvest in the early spring of 2001. Notice the large logs placed in the
after the harvest. These were put in to give future Ruffed Grouse males a place to
“drum” their wings in spring courtship.
notice the increase in grass land color on the floor, as well as the
increase in young trees. This area was sparsely replanted with 25 champion
Butternut trees and 150 Red Oak. I did cast about 5,000 Red Oak acorns
fall of 2002, but the natural seedling production makes it all but impossible
to detect if it had any effect. Next year the natural young seedling growth is
going to explode, based on what I see coming now. In 3 more years it will be to
thick to walk though, but the Ruffed Grouse will like it (they will be safe from
avian predation). Many forms of wildlife will use this forest during its life