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Oak and Hickory Mixed Hardwood – Mature Forest

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Description

Oak and Hickory Mixed Hardwood – Mature Forest


It looks like you have a lovely mix of oaks and hickories on your property. These species can live for a long time and produce significant value for both timber and wildlife habitat.

Your trees are getting nice and mature now, so you'll have lots of options to consider for meeting your goals in the long run. The canopy of trees tends to be a similar age because these tree types don't regenerate well in the shade. Larger openings are needed to grow seedlings and both tree types can develop from either seed or stump sprouts when enough light hits the forest floor. Oaks and hickories can even re-sprout multiple times following repeated fires or timber harvests.

A patch cut harvest is often effective at making the right kind of openings for the next generation of growth while maintaining quality in the remaining stems. Those patchy openings will also promote a full ground cover of diverse plants, and along with the abundant oak acorns and hickory nuts from the trees, the forest will offer a vital source of food and shelter for wild turkeys. Maintaining some bigger mature trees in the forest will also protect cavities for the nests and dens that owls, raccoons and many others depend on.

We encourage you to connect with a trusted forester to plan out any work in your forest. A qualified professional can make sure the activity maintains wildlife habitat, supports healthy regeneration, and helps you access a fair value for timber sales.

Opportunities

Shortleaf Pine Restoration


Based on what we have learned together about your property, we can see a unique opportunity to help restore one of Alabama's most important forest species. You can get paid to grow your forest as part of this restoration effort.

Shortleaf pine once grew across 280 million acres of land from New York to northern Florida and west as far as Texas. Today, Shortleaf pine grows on less than 2% of this area and we need landowners like you to bring it back.

If you are interested in joining in this shortleaf pine opportunity or just want to explore the potential of your forest further, we can set up a free woods walk with a local forester for you. Our trusted foresters can verify what activities are suited to your land and make recommendations for actions that will help you achieve your goals.