For the pine shelterwood site, the oldest trees are removed once every 50 years. Starting about 5 years before the final harvest, trees are thinned to around 30- 50 of the best trees per acre and natural reseeding is encouraged. When the final harvest takes place, the seedlings are about 3-5 feet tall, thus the site is never really “clear cut.” Some clearing will be necessary initially to get the desired spacing between trees.
For each of the four pine sites, whenever possible, a minimum of five large trees (12 inches or more in diameter) will be left per acre when sites are cleared or trees are cut. These large standing trees, along with the stumps remaining after harvest, provide much-needed wildlife nesting and foraging sites.
On the hardwood site, the shelterwood harvest method is used. It will take about 12-18 years for the planted mast-producing trees to become established. Some thinning will take place over time to encourage healthy tree growth and wildlife food/shelter production. The site will not be cleared again for another 80-120 years. Current plans are to stagger the final cut so it takes place in the years between clearing of either of the adjacent pine tracts.