Do I need to have a Clear Cut on my property? Q&A#3

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Do I need to have a Clear Cut on my property?  Q&A#3

“I have been told that I will need to have a Clear Cut on my property, is there an alternative way to manage my forest?”

It depends…

On what type of trees are in your forest

And what your goals are for your forest.


Some types of trees require total sunlight to reproduce and grow such as Aspen, White Birch, Cottonwood, Red Pine, Jack Pine, Spruce, and Oak.

If your goals for your forest involve keeping the above species then a clear cut may be your best option in many situations.

wildlifeIf your goals involve most species of Wildlife, then a clear cut may be your best option as well since the quantity and quality of wildlife food expands exponentially with the new growth that follows a clearcut.


There are alternatives to having a clearcut on your property…shelterwood

You could perform a smaller less noticeable version of a clear cut known as a shelter wood thinning. A shelter wood involves small patches of cuttings conducted in two to three cutting cycles spread over a ten to fifteen year period. And will often look like camouflage or stripes when viewed from an aerial photo.

maple northern hardwoodsYou could convert your forest to a more shade tolerant forest type such as White Pine, Maple, Yellow Birch, Hemlock, Basswood, Northern Hardwoods and Central Hardwoods.  These specie groups are generally less profitable and less desirable to most wildlife species but they are much more aesthetic in the long term since they can be managed via thinnings rather than via creation of forest openings like the more sun loving specie groups.


So in the end whether you will need a Clear Cut will largely depend on what your goals are for aesthetics, wildlife, and income.


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Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
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Great information Bob!  There really is a lot of thought and planning that goes into owning a woodlot, and being responsible for its health.

Thanks for posting this. 


Mar 14, 2013 09:29 PM #1
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Great information!  The accompanying photographs are great also. 

I'm bookmarking this for future reference.

Mar 14, 2013 11:27 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Bob...Great explanation.  People, especailly those who have been city dwellers all their lives have no idea what and or how to manage their wooded properties.

Mar 15, 2013 01:41 AM #3
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Since I can't reblog, and I couldn't reblog your posts anyway, later today, I will do a post about this with a link to this post, Bob.  Great explanation, and one I never knew about.  (We have land "up north"!)

Mar 15, 2013 03:03 AM #4
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good forest management is priceless. I have a number of large parcels under management, they optimize my return on a regular basis.

Mar 15, 2013 03:27 AM #5
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

What a different world you live in Bob... It reminds my of my Dad's hunting lodge in Maine... especially the photo with the deer... So beautiful...  I'm sure it's great advice for folks in you neck of the woods as for us... all trees are welcome because there are so very few of them in comparison...

Mar 15, 2013 07:46 AM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thank you all for stopping by, I hope that you are all having a great weekend.  I hope to be able to stop by and visit you all and your forests someday.

Have a great day!

Mar 16, 2013 01:16 AM #7
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon..

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