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#3162351 - 02/13/13 11:20 AM Cleaning out my clear cuts
buckaroo
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I have been trying to cut up and brushpile my trees i've cut down over the years. I think it looks better and allows more sunlight to the forest floor, but man it's alot of work am I the only one doing this?
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#3162404 - 02/13/13 12:17 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: buckaroo]
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If its a clearcut I would just push it all up in a pile and burn it... When I go around cutting beech trees I leave them to make the forest floor thicker. They will break down in a couple years except for the trunks...
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#3162420 - 02/13/13 12:38 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: Hollar Hunter]
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I don't "clean up" timber cut or thinned areas, for several reasons. First, those downed treetops make excellent bedding spots. This speeds up the use of the area for bedding activity. With those treetops in place, deer will begin using the area for bedding immediately after the timbering is finished, instead of having to wait 2 or 3 years for the regrowth the reach the "bedding cover" growth stage.

Second, all of those limbs, branches and treetops produce de facto "exclusion cages" that protect highly desirable browse plants. In essence, without those branches and treetops protecting these highly desirable plants from deer browse pressure, deer would eat them out of existence.
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#3162472 - 02/13/13 01:19 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: BSK]
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What about if you are thinning a hilltop that is predominantly cedar trees and pines. Would you also cut and let them lay on the ground w/o clearing them?
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#3162479 - 02/13/13 01:28 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: lpo1981]
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 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
What about if you are thinning a hilltop that is predominantly cedar trees and pines. Would you also cut and let them lay on the ground w/o clearing them?


Unless I was going to sell the cut trees, I would leave them lay. However, if they completely cover the ground to the point no sunlight is getting down to the soil, then I would pull the downed trees into piles.
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#3162482 - 02/13/13 01:31 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: BSK]
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Well I plan on selling them if I can find somebody to buy them. Was going to cut them and delimb them and pull the logs out but leave the branches. That's what I was worried about was no sunlight getting to the ground with the branches left
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#3162503 - 02/13/13 01:50 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: lpo1981]
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 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
That's what I was worried about was no sunlight getting to the ground with the branches left


I would want around 70% of the soil surface exposed.
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#3162510 - 02/13/13 01:53 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: BSK]
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Nope,I just drop em,and let em lay.
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#3162581 - 02/13/13 02:42 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: Football Hunter]
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I guess I should just cut the trunk parts and get them out?
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#3162679 - 02/13/13 03:34 PM Re: Cleaning out my clear cuts [Re: buckaroo]
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Not necessarily. Just depends on how much of the ground is being covered by tree parts.
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