Virtual Tour of the Forest: Middle Age Hardwood - Thinned

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This hardwood stand is about 40 years old and has received timber stand improvement treatment. This treatment also improves the wildlife habitat for many species.

When a timber stand improvement cut is made the forest is opened up to allow sunlight to hit the forest floor, which in turn allows herbaceous plant to grow. These plants provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife, and the stumps will sprout and provide browse for deer. The remaining trees have room to grow and will have better crops of acorns or hickory nuts which are eaten by squirrels, turkeys, and deer. Some species of birds live in the tree canopies and other species favor the low growing brush.

Middle age hardwoods, can be improved by a timber stand improvement cut which takes out the less desirable and less valuable trees, leaving the best trees.

The trees removed during this cut could be used for firewood, pulpwood, and other products where smaller, poorer quality wood.

Middle Age Hardwood:
Before Thinning
| Wildlife