Here’s brief explanation of localized cutting to better sustain the mast crop for oaks and overall timber improvement.
Release cutting, also known as silviculture, ‘opens’ the forest to give better light to more desirable trees while giving hardwoods such as oak the chance to produce more mast.
Here’s a short, but spot on explanation of early spring cutting and what it does for your forest.
As explained, just a few cuts can open the canopy and release enough sunlight, especially early in the season, to create considerable new growth.
While the cuts generate more light and give a large energy boost to the oaks, creating the possibility for more acorns, the downside is more branching on the trees. The issue being if the trees are wanted more for timber, branching creates knots and less desirable wood.
Since the video is brief a few questions aren’t quite answered like when to start cutting, and what can be done with the felled, undesirable trees. Thanks to these pros for the inside information, and we look forward to more in the future.