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A peek into my woodlot
« on: May 17, 2013, 12:33:12 AM »

I moved here in the fall of '11 and have been enjoying tending my woodlot, however humble it may be.  I'm far from a logger or forester, and always looking to learn about and improve my woodlot. :)

Morels at the base of a Black Cherry.  The neighbors tell me the past couple years have been "off" years for Morels around here.  I still had a couple pounds worth, all told!


Just happened to spot this millipede tonight... never seen one like this before... the smaller red ones are more common...


Typical groundcover: ferns, club moss, moss, virginia creeper... Tulip Poplar everywhere!


Just spotted this spring: Oak seedlings! not sure of type...


Swamp Chestnut Oak?  These couple and the above are the only Oak I have found on the entire property!


They grow pretty straight and tall here!  Lots of ERC, Maple, Sassafras.  That's a 10" DBH Black Cherry on the far right.  Could possibly benefit from thinning?


A view into the back lot which boarders on being a jungle. :)  Nearby, there is an ancient dead Black Cherry that must have been some 38-40 inches.  There were 10ft tall ERC in severe decline that I removed.  The ERC can't take the shade and snow load!  Lots of Sassafras and saplings, but it's all being held in check by the Poplar & Maple.



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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 05:30:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum. How big is your wood lot? If you are like me it will keep you busy. Sometimes I just go out and sit in mine.
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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 05:51:08 AM »
Thanks!  Glad to be here!

It's about 5 acres with just enough clearing for the house and driveway.

As a side note, I think I narrowed that unidentified oak down to being a Northern Red Oak.

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 07:19:47 AM »
The first oak is Northern Red oak.  The second could be Swamp Chestnut Oak, but given the site, it is more likely Chestnut Oak.  It will be fun and challenging to tend your woods. 
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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 07:59:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Ancjr.
Nice woodlot, it should keep you busy.

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 09:14:48 PM »
Welcome. ;D We are almost neighbors part of the year. ;D ;D ;D
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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 10:28:54 PM »
Welcome to The Forestry Forum. Nice looking wood lot.  8)
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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 06:45:24 PM »
Found another!


 

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 08:24:04 PM »
Black oak.  Quercus velutina.  The underside of the leaf along the mid-rib should be hairy (fuzzy). 
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 09:27:52 PM »
Thanks!  The Parks Dept. is graciously offering Black Oak seedlings to residents as well, so I picked up a couple to keep that one company. 

The reason I'm so excited by finding oaks is that my canopy is (my estimating here) 66% Tulip Poplar, 31% Maple, 1% Black Cherry, 1% Sassafras.  Lots and lots of eastern red cedar with dogwood and redbud in the understory in the west half, all three rare to nonexistent on the eastern half of the property.  My estimation of wood volume is around 90% Tulip Poplar and then evenly divided among the remainder of the canopy.  :)

Not sure if "timber production" is a reasonable goal on such a small site in proximity with houses and utilities, but minimally, I would definitely like to return the site to a more balanced selection.

Right now I'm just cleaning up the invasives, broken eastern red cedar, barbed wire, construction debris, car parts, bottles, cans....  I seriously think I've found an entire F150, piece-by-piece.  :D

 

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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2013, 03:39:36 PM »
The second-largest tree on the property.  20" dbh Tulip Poplar right on the edge of the yard.


30ft to the east of the big poplar tree... looks like something more than scale and drought is happening here... 


Largest oak I've found so far.  It shouldn't be too bad to get some more light to this one, only some 1-2" stuff around it.


Totem pole in progress...


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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2013, 05:37:06 PM »
Nice place, thanks for sharing  8)

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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2013, 09:09:23 PM »
Local Catalpa are in bloom.  A really good year for them!

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2013, 08:12:42 PM »
More pictures!  They all look so small in pictures!  :)

Big multi-stemmed Sugar Maple..


Looking southward from the Maple..


Beastly double Tulip Poplar...


Ancient dead Black Cherry...


Sumac...


I have two Sycamore that I'm aware of, this one is the healthier of the two and straight as a telephone pole...


I thought this was Dogwood until I noticed the flowers today...


A closer look...


I don't know what this is either...


This spot is one of my favorites because of the variety.  Take an imaginary rectangle 3ft wide and 20ft long on the ground, this is what it contains as far as trees:  Sassafras, Ash, Dogwood, Eastern Red Cedar, Black Cherry, Northern Red Oak, Slippery Elm, Sugar Maple...  No Tulip Poplar!?!?


347 Sassafras saplings...


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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2013, 09:06:18 PM »
Be pretty easy to spend a few days wandering around in there, never know what new things you'll find  :)

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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2013, 09:08:26 PM »
I see something new, and can't find something I saw last time, every time I stop and look.  :D

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2013, 09:50:36 PM »
The pic with the flowers is a viburnum.  The next pic is a young ash.  It should have opposite branching.
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2013, 06:22:32 AM »
Very nice pictures!   :)
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2013, 02:41:45 PM »
Made a broadcast of 60lb black walnuts the other day.  Yeah, yeah I know, wrong time of year.  Was cleaning out the barn and had some left from last year.  So, I'll have happy squirrels.  I hear them working the shells right now.  :)

Don't worry one bit, as I can have several pickup beds full to broadcast in the fall.  My neighbors all up and down the road gave me permission to get all I want!  :D

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Re: A peek into my woodlot
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2013, 02:53:16 PM »
Good looking place, looks like a great place for a walk. Thanks for sharing.
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