it's not bad to cut it down, but in my opinion, most felled timber should stay where it fell
Northeast Al wrote:
A club I once belonged to had 80 acres under the Forestry Management Program. When we had to do a thinning, we cut the logs into smaller pieces and left them on the forest floor. Smaller limbs and trunks were assembled into dome shaped piles for wildlife habitat. We tried this with brush piles in our own yard, at the woods edge, and the rabbits came in that first spring.
Immediately behind our property the power company has an access road they clear out every 3-5 years, and the natural habitat gets ruined. We've built habitat over the past two years in our backyard completely across the property line, and it has brought in critters that were not seen for years.
The other advantage of the habitat restoration is that the Deer cannot, or don't even try to penetrate the thick high brush, and that has lessened the amount of Deer damage on our property. We have one car sized cut that was left by the town between our neighbor and us that we are now transplanting wild thorn bushes on to divert the Deer completely off our property. Free and cheap Deer repellent.
don miller; MountainDon wrote:
Anyhow that's my story. I'd be very careful about where and how much material I would leave laying about.
Most canopies, today, are mixed-level and that allows fire to reach every tree standing resulting in total loss.
"southern cascades"(as you ask your question) can encompass just about anything from temperate rain forest to high desert ponderosa pine or juniper stuff--huge swings in moisture content, etc.
DOn't feel guilty about making changes(within reason, ha)--nature is all about change and flux. Thinning trees can simulate fire "housecleaning"--the hard part is getting a clear picture of what nature's idea of housekeeping is, not imprinting our idea on it(which we gotta remember, the past 100 years have formed a lot of unnatural forest structures as forest management has evolved).
Nice chicken coop! I peeped at your other pix