Fred Morgan wrote:
You open the canopy by surgically removing trees. Instead of just dropping a tree where ever it wishes to fall, you top it and then drop it in a manner to cause minimal damage to its neighbors. Probably easier with a tree that is 60 feet tall than some of ours up to 200 feet tall. Removing a large tree that is past its prime - i.e. no longer producing food - opens up the canopy for the next generation of trees - often which are growing stunted underneath the canopy.
You can do the same with a tree that has died and you wish to leave for wood peckers by just dropping some limbs.
Doing it in miniature means, even with nearly 900 acres, it is a mini forest. But by working it, we can make it much more diverse in much less time. The estimate is that it takes 300 years, for example, it the tropics to bring back a mature forest - with our system we are figuring 50 to 75 years.
I would say most plantation trees are fast growing, pioneers. If your area supports pines, you could start with them - and when you start to thin the pines, plant the next generation forest - perhaps oak or something that takes a while to get established. Also, we like to grow a nitrogen fixing tree for our pioneers where possible, for us, that is Acacia Mangium.
Dianne Keast wrote:
Wow I'm learning a lot here thanks! could you define the term pioneers?
Humm, I know we have a few Oaks here in this part of Montana but i do not think they are native, they do not seem to do very well, or at least the ones I notice seem unhappy.
I think perhaps it might be to hot in summer & too cold in winter & too dry all the time.
Thanks so much for sharing this is great stuff.
Oh PS: I just posted the coolest picture of a (low impact) Forest Hobbit house in the Alternative building thread you must check it out!
Dianne Keast wrote:
We hear the term woodland care, but if you are talking permaculture what does this term mean in that context?
I thinks most will agree that our woodlands are valuable beyond price.
BUT how do we care for them? When we hear the term most of us think of forestry & land management systems that currently exist.
When "permies" are doing woodland care how is it different from what we see in the current mainstream woodland management techniques?
Please list examples of "Permies minded" ways that you care for your land.
I find what you are doing to be fascinating. Do you mind if I ask how much money you have invested into replanting your forests?