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What does the transition from field to forest look like?

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I am needing some help, helping my wife visualize what the transition from field to forest is actually going to look like. So if I could have you fine people post some pictures and videos that I can show her that would be AWESOME. I have done some google image searches and I am not finding much.

And some more details if anyone is interested.

We have about 1.5 Acres that We are planning on turning into forest. We have 425 natives ordered from our local conservation department. I expect less than a quarter of these to actually survive. We are going this route for cost reasons paying less than 40 cents a tree on average.

Shortleaf Pine
Black Walnut
White Oak
Silver Maple
Mixed Hickory
Slender Lespedeza
False Indigo
Norway Spruce
Black Cherry
Pitch x Lobolly Pine
Black Chokeberry
Eastern White Pine 2-0

Things will be planted fairly heavily and then culled for firewood and such as time goes on. I will also be making room for more fruit bearing trees and shrubs as money allows.

What I am trying to achieve, in no particular order
Privacy (mainly from east)
Lowering maintenance/ transition from consumer to producer

Secondary achievements:
Mulch/ organic matter production
Soil improvement
Water Storage/Fish production/duck ponds

In the pictures:
North is up.
light brown line in center from N-S is an over head power line.
Light transparent blue is septic lateral field.
Red in north west corner is blueberry and raspberry in row on contour.

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I started this thread a couple years ago... Perhaps I should update the pictures again. But there is still four feet of snow on the whole thing.

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Here are some other good project threads to look at, too:
Ludi's Permaculture Projects
Jessica's Maine Master Plan
Marianne's Permaculture Orchard
Leila's Living Fence Project
Lee Real's First Permaculture Patch

Geoff Lawton's Videos show good examples of the phases of permaculture food forest development:

Here are some neat timelapse videos off of YouTube:

Every time you till, you lose 30% of your organic matter. But this tiny ad is durable:
Greenhouse of the Future ebook - now free for a while
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