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Overgrown Clear-cut
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Chris    Posted 07-20-2003 at 07:21:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought a house 2 years ago that has 8 acres. About 3.5 acres was clear-cut 7 years ago and they left all of the tree stumps in the ground and the land itself has since been overtaken by all sorts of brush, briars, and small tree saplings. What is the best way (short of bulldozing the entire area) to get rid of all the brush,briars, and saplings. A friend of mine suggested goats. If I get goats I will have to fence the area in. What sort of fencing is best for goats? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Redneck    Posted 07-20-2003 at 11:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mostly good advice from all.You might want to remove the trees that sprout from the stumps,for mostly all they will ever be is pulpwood.

Les    Posted 07-20-2003 at 15:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
That may well be but they can be managed. They certainly grow much faster than trees that have sprung from seed and why wouldn't they? Their root system is already established.
By managing, I mean to get rid of all the sprouts but one. There may be as many as ten of them. I've seen more.

Bob/Ont    Posted 07-20-2003 at 15:18:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Redneck what do they do with all those tree lengths they have in that yard on the north side of the road in Meridian? Do they make poles out of them?
Later Bob

Redneck    Posted 07-21-2003 at 02:47:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a big ol' place ain't it?I would venture a guess and say that is a chip mill,but even some of them sort out good timber.Not too many pole mills around and they usually buy on the stump and handle with kids gloves from cut to finish,high dollar wood.I have only went by there twice,and that was at freeway speed,I'm in the northern half of Alabama.

Your right Les,but if it was in my yard,I would get rid of it.If you just want to let it grow and have wood and your not choosey,let her rip.

Les    Posted 07-20-2003 at 09:20:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Both Ron and Ira gave good advice below. I have lived where I am now for 31 years. During that time, we have logged twice and it could probably be logged again. Selective cutting, of course.
My son cleared cut a couple acres for a view 5 years ago when he built his house. The view is gone. I offered to treat it with herbicide for him but it is too late for that now. To get the view back now, the best way to do it would be to cut the brush and treat the stumps to keep them from sprouting. Some of those hardwood sprouts will grow 10' or more in a year.
If nature was left to its own devices, there would be no clearings here in NH. Only woods.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-20-2003 at 09:56:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, I gotta agree with ya, at least kind of, we harvest a crop of timber every 10-15 years, and if done right you hardly know it was done. The only Clear cutting we see here is done by nature, 'cept for the bible camp that clearcut the whole mountainside, now that's a mess.
Anyway, a forest fire seems to recover at least 5 years faster than a clearcutting, the pines move in and take over in just a year or 18 months, they seem to keep other saplings from taking over until it's their turn.
Hope to see no more clearing of the land in either fashion, in my life time.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-20-2003 at 09:02:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chris, IMHO clear cut land is one of the hardest to manage, unless you want to clear it for fields.
Clear cutting is a great way to start over, however you have to look to a long range plan. The new growth will eventually sort itself out, but it will take years.
You can go in and selectively pick the "KEEPERS" and trim and mow everything else but this will become a full time job. My best advice would be what you have already heard, wait it out, and let nature take it's course.

Ira    Posted 07-20-2003 at 08:15:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why do anything with it? Leave it alone and in 10-15 years you will never know that the brush and stumps were there and you will have a stand of young timber that is worth more than what you paid for the place.

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