My family owns a 40 acre property that has massive sections that were originally planted with white / red pine, intended to be telephone poles and lumber. However, the original owners died and it fell into mismanagement for about 30 more years. Now that we own the property, we are integrating permaculture practices to regenerate this forest in Michigan. We have only managed it about 8 years and are looking at clearing out the mismanaged monocrop (pine) areas and planting a food forest.
Do you have any suggestions for plants that will tolerate this type of soil and growing conditions? The goal with the current (dying pines) is to strip them out, burn some, and then pile the rest in hugelkulture swales on contour. The challenge will be providing proper succession species to heal the land from the overgrown / dying pine trees.
Ideas on how to make this transition?