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Discussion in 'Deer Management, Habitat & Conservation' started by bajabill, Aug 26, 2013.
Its looking good to me. Even the weed patch. Have you burned the wsg area ?
once, next year we burn it again. We have a second field that is a few years behind this one in the conversion, due for its first burn. I have come to the position that if the fescue is gone, then we have accomplished something.
Goodbye fescue is a good thing. Thin wsgrass with weeds is too.
The great cedar extraction is complete. Estimated 2500 trees were taken to market and the remaining stragglers can be addressed by the TSI, or possibly a future fire. For this upcoming year, it may be a year of rest for the woods.
That's a lot of cedars.
That's a major project. Congrats on getting it completed.
after the work in post #138,
here is the impact on the dominant golden rod.
updated my final estimation of cedar removal areas, and lines of predominant chinkapin oaks.
How many acres did you do all together ?? That's gonna make a nice addition on regrowth.
30 of these little campfires were lit, courtesy of the cedar removal.
Perfect amount of snow and perfect weather to enjoy them.
High humidity, snow on the ground, light snow falling, huge piles of cedar slash,
tall flames that could not spread at all.
The only downside was the collateral damage to adjacent trees. The piles were much too large to move so we had to take our lumps and move on. Ultimately, TSI will be performed here so there will be additional trees taken down. I am sure we lost some trees that we would otherwise have like to keep. But in the big picture, glades with grass and forbes that now have a fighting chance, is worth the tradeoff.
Trees will regenerate where you want them.much better in the long run.
and we also directly help alter the circle of life. These brush piles are perfect for bobcat dens.
no more cathouse....
I will say, I'm not a fan of "typical" logging because 99% of the time it results on every damm tree greater than 10" diameter being cut, half the rest pushed over /damaged, and ruts waist deep on every hillside. But you are one of the very, very few who seem it do it right.
Good job on getting rid of the bobcat havens....... even though a certain person will say it it won't help the turkeys at all . That idea is complete lunacy by the way, because it most definitely will. Very unfortunate there wasn't a few families of kitty-cats in those piles when they went poof
I have a bunch of cedar piles like that to burn. Haven’t done it before. Any words of wisdom, or should I just crack a beer and let er rip? Surrounding vegetation is down to the dirt for probably 20 feet or more on all sides.
watch the weather conditions, look for a high humidity so you could not effectively do a controlled burn if you wanted to. We have done well with snow on the ground and snow falling.
Shortgrass says to pay attention to the surrounding trees that will inevitably die, but we could not avoid that. Do one to see first hand how it goes, then you will feel braver and light one and move on to the next.
Exactly what we did. Lit the smallest pile first, then went from there after we saw how it was gonna go. It was a little windier than I would have liked and most of the snow had melted, but no issues whatsoever really. Cedar piles make a heck of a fire that's for sure.
We did our smaller burn this year, mainly 2 NWSG fields and a small connective woods section between the 2 fields. They lie just across the creek from one of the large glades we had cleared and burned last year. This turned out to be much less work than our previous woods burns, we had nice wide fire breaks that we disked and the wind direction did not result in a long line of crosswind conditions to be concerned with. Our crew felt "under employed".
Humidity was 35 or higher, we spent more time nursing the fire progression than worrying it would go where we did not want it to go.