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Forum topic by mochasatin posted 08-16-2010 02:35 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mochasatin

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08-16-2010 02:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trees forest reforestation tree farm hardwood plantation growing farm question

I recently inherited some land in Southern Michigan and am interested in starting a hardwood plantation. Are there any lumberjocks with experience in the field? I am interested to hear any comments or suggestions about running such an operation.


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#1 posted 08-16-2010 04:59 PM

Not too sure what you mean by a hardwood plantation. Does the property already have hardwood growing on it? If so, you need a consulting forester to do a timber survey and recommend how to thin the existing forest to maximize the growth of hardwoods for future harvest. If it doesn’t have any decent hardwood growth now, it will take at least 25 years after planting to have anything of use to the lumber industry. Normally hiring a consulting forester is not a costly process; I think I paid about $5 an acre for the survey on my NH property, a report and a face to face consult. The forester recommended cutting the mature softwood in my property, a bit of really ugly hardwood for firewood and doing some selective thinning to maximize the long term potential of the forest. Unfortunately I have had to sell the property due to age issues but the buyer got a nice sustainable forest.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 05:05 PM

Thanks for the information. My wife an I are 50 and our intent is to pass the tree farm onto our children and grandchildren for harvesting. There is a small percentage of the land containing a natural woodland, the remaining property is tillable farm land.

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