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Pete Collin

Off Topic - Tree Felling

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Hello All,

 

I made a little tutorial about how to directionally fell a tree for my website.  Some of you may find this interesting.

 

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When you cull for timber reasons leaving the tree standing may be good but for wild life we cull trees and fell them across each other.  We have several areas where the poplars grove and we go in and level about 20 of them.  The animals love it because it has the cover and the food.  We make sure we leave room for a solid trail and also cut the tree higher ~5ft so that they are resting up in the air and not on the ground.  It is good for several years.  Poplars regenerate quickly and gives the hardwoods a chance to get stabilized.

 

I am going to do another section next year.  We only target poplars. 

 

I am glad you covered safety.  My favorite is knowing your escape path. 

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Aspens fall over soon after dying so you are better off felling them.  Beech will stand for decades.

 

I did some mini-patchwork clearcuts for a guy once who was looking to create grouse habitat.  For that, you must do your cutting in the winter - that is when the tree's energy is stored up in the roots and the aspen stumps can regenerate.

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Pete...Thanks so much for that!  I've always used the traditional method & now I will try this way.  Curious how your lake trout jigging season went this year.  Love your reports on that.

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