John Elliott wrote:.... if you want to know how to collect cypress cones this winter and start seedlings next spring, I can walk you through that exercise. Before it was settled, Florida was a huge cypress swamp, and now there is hardly any old growth cypress swamp left.
I'd be interested, whether in a separate thread or in PM.
As for your second question, that depends on your end goals. I would begin by harvesting any diseased or damaged oaks for firewood. Large straight pines are excellent building material when sawn into lumber. Their removal allows the younger trees around them to accelerate their growth so they can serve you in the future. Especially dense stands of trees make good places to thin for firewood or lumber so more sunlight gets in for an understory population.
The addition of nut and fruit trees would be good, as well as an understory of nut or fruit-bearing shrubs, both for you and the wildlife.