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Regenerating old clear cuts

Had two clear cuts that had grown out of the stage that held deer and created food. So we “regenerated” them. Found and old big skidder and “crushed” them to get the good stuff growing again. Before and after pics. The quality of species in each of these cuts was very low, so we weren’t hurting any future value.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 02:48 PM
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Interesting.

I hope you'll post photos in the future to show what grows in there.
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Pretty neat. Any pics of the skidder? Did you just push them over? How big was the areas?

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If you have access to a piece of equipment I would clear some paths inside what you pushed over. With that much debris on the ground I've often found deer will avoid walking into it, other than the edges until the tops rot down.
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I’m heading up this week, I’ll get some pics of the skidder. It’s a big ol’ timberjack that we sharpened the blade on. You run over the pile size timber with the blade just a few inches of the ground. You want to scrape and mar up the trees so that they die. We did two 50 acre areas. This is the third year of doing it. The other areas that we have hit were more mature than those areas in the picture. They have been growing back in heavy black berry and Forbes so far. Be interesting to see what tree species start coming. I will take some pics of the areas we hit before. We left a couple old tram roads open in the middle of the craziness
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Iím heading up this week, Iíll get some pics of the skidder. Itís a big olí timberjack that we sharpened the blade on. You run over the pile size timber with the blade just a few inches of the ground. You want to scrape and mar up the trees so that they die. We did two 50 acre areas. This is the third year of doing it. The other areas that we have hit were more mature than those areas in the picture. They have been growing back in heavy black berry and Forbes so far. Be interesting to see what tree species start coming. I will take some pics of the areas we hit before. We left a couple old tram roads open in the middle of the craziness
Wow. That is some large areas.

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Had a pic of the skidder at work and didn’t realize it
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Doing a couple of 50 acre sites you would need something like that. You may be able to do some work on other properties to help offset the cost of the machine. If I had one, I probably wouldn't have any trees left standing anywhere as I would be having fun mowing them down. LOL.

Is this on hunting club property or is this your own property?

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It’s our own ground. The cuts were prime when we bought the property about 9 years ago, but have been declining a little every year in use and food production.
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Looks like its time for a pyro to have some fun. I would have left some islands to make even more edge habitat. Love when land managers do that.
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