Do I need to have a Clear Cut on my property? It Depends...

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Do I need to have a Clear Cut on my property? It Depends...

I often hear this from clients in the MFL program...

“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…aspen

  • It depends on what type of trees are in your forest
  • What your goals are for your forest health.
  • What types and quantities of Wildlife you want to attract.
  • What type of income you would like to earn.


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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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

Never was any good on identifying trees.  The only real tree that I can identify is a pine tree.  Otherwise I'm clueless.

Dec 23, 2019 02:19 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Most should contact an expert and follow the advice given. Enjoy your day!

Dec 23, 2019 04:48 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bob - so many questions in life can be answered with "it depends" based on a particular need or desire.  That is definitely true for forest land management as your expert advice tells us.  

Dec 23, 2019 05:06 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob Crane - you are the one to call.  If I have forest land I would not have a clue.

Dec 23, 2019 07:41 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, since we don't have that many trees in all of Denver, would have no idea.  Sure would love to have more trees!  

Dec 24, 2019 06:56 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

All news to me. I'm not at all informed regarding forests. This is very informative!

Dec 24, 2019 07:56 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Land owners will be in very good hands when they seek your professional advice.

Dec 24, 2019 09:26 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Dec 24, 2019 09:26 AM #8
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