Virtual Tour of the Forest: Middle Age Hardwood - Wildlife

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 Hardwood: Before Thinning | After Thinning (Timber Stand Improvement)