We have 10 acres and currently it is in alfalfa. 10 inches of rain a year. Totally flat. Zone 4. I would like to turn 2 acres into a woodlot. I want to eventually get firewood, lumber for building, food for animals and a place for the kids to play. I am not sure what species to plant or how to plant it with spacing etc. Here are some thoughts so far:
Black Locust - Lumber, firewood, bees, N fixer
Honey Locust - Fodder for goats. Thornless variety so the kids can play in the area
?? - For firewood
?? - For additional fodder production for animals and humans
-for additional firewood and fodder
I am not sure if I should be copicing etc these trees, or planting an understory of something else. Are there bushes I should plant under the trees for additional animal/human food etc.
I am starting completely from scratch so please help me out.