Artie Scott wrote:Hi Erica, a couple of things to think about.
1. The loggers should put water bars in slopped logging trails - might confirm they plan to do that
2. They typically leave a lot of slash, which is good and bad. Is good if you want to just let the land be while it reforests. Bad if you ever want to be able to clear/mow.
3. Agree you want to get some seed down quickly. Contractors mix is a cheap option to get roots in the ground quickly, but it can be tough to get things growing in forest soil for a while. Probably should spend some money on lime.
James Whitelaw wrote:When we did a selective harvest on our land I found this DEC forestry practices document useful. A lot of it is specific to New York State but everything else should be useful.
J Davis wrote:
For your area, persimmon, paw paw, chickasaw plum, black cherry are a few that come to mind.
The other thing you could do is hire a local plant expert to walk the land with You. Take survey flags and orange signal tape and a sharpie and mark some wild edibles/medicinals. Then you can selectively thin around them to allow sufficient sunlihht through for fruit production.
Lon Anders wrote:I'm about to have some cedar harvested off of my 56 acres here South of Nashville. I'm going attempt to convert 7-10 acres in one area over to pasture. I will have a forestry mulching company come in behind the loggers and grind everything remaining down to shredded stuff/ chips. I will be liming it and seeding this fall.
If you've never seen a forestry mulcher reclaim land you should search on youtube and watch... Simply amazing.
James Whitelaw wrote:
I can totally relate to the disorientation as we experienced the same feelings, but over time it started to make sense on our 80 acres.
Travis Johnson wrote:You should not have to worry about the main logging road. When they are first put in, they look pretty bad, super wide and graveled, but they grow in really fast with grass.
Edited to say: Your loggers looked like they did a really nice job. They should be commended!
Gray Henon wrote:
Congratulations on your land! 200 acres is a lot! Don't let it overwhelm you! Temperate forest is incredibly resilient and will self heal remarkably quickly.