Pine – Mature Forest
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- Forest cover source USDA Forest Service FIA Program (Aug. 2017).
Pine – Mature Forest
It looks like you are growing one of Wisconsin’s most enduring forest types. The forest is likely full of pine trees, with a mix of oaks and other hardwoods depending on your soil conditions.
There are a few distinct types of pine forests and each has specific considerations. Dry sandy areas with a history of fire may see more red pine and jack pine forest structure. Sandy loams and areas that have had less disturbance will tend toward a structure of white pine.
Because red pine and white pine can live a long time and grow into a tall mixed structure with other species, these forest types tend to offer a lot of wildlife habitat benefits.
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. If you are thinking about a timber harvest, this kind of forest tends to do best with a partial cutting approach that removes enough of the canopy to foster a full stocking of seedlings from the seeds of the remaining trees – usually cutting between 20% and 40% of the canopy will do it. This kind of harvesting is often referred to as a shelterwood method. Because of the more intensive nature of this treatment it is important to connect with a trusted forester to help plan out the job. A qualified professional can make sure the harvest maintains wildlife habitat, supports healthy regeneration, and helps you access a fair value for the timber sale.
Migratory Song Bird Habitat
Did you know your land has important habitat for migratory song birds in the State? Birds like the Golden-winged Warbler need healthy forests to thrive and you have a unique opportunity to help these birds survive in Wisconsin’s Lake Superior region for now and future generations.
Choices you make on your land can have a significant impact on wildlife habitat. Working with a forestry professional is a great way to meet your goals for the land while promoting the conditions needed by song birds and many other wildlife species.
Because your property is in a priority area for migratory song bird habitat, our partners are offering landowners like you a free woods walk with a professional forester. Foresters can make recommendations for activities on your land that can help improve wildlife habitat and meet your goals for your forest. They may even be able to help you access funding to complete habitat improvement on your land.
Take advantage of this opportunity today! Contact us to set up a free woods walk. Whether you want to do active management or simply explore the potential of your forest, we can help. The trusted foresters we work with can talk to you about what activities are suited to your land and what actions will help achieve your goals.