Forest Management

By Ashley Clark

What is Forestry?

Forestry is the science of planting, caring for, and managing forests. It deals with knowing how to care for a forest and what to do when the forest isn't the way you wish it to be.

What is Forest Management?

Forest management is a branch of forestry that deals with the actions that someone does in a forest to make it so that the forest is how they want it to be. Most of the time these actions are elaborate and well planned out. The actions done to the forest are called forestry management practices.

Species of Trees in the Area

There are several species of trees in this forest area that I went to. The species of trees in the area include: Spruce (big and small), some undergrowth, White Birch, White Oak, Red Oak, Pine, and Beech.

Where the trees are located

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A=Spruce

The Spruce trees are the most common trees in the forest, and most of them are found in this area. You can find smaller Spruces in the north-west, and bigger Spruces in the south-east.



B=Oak

The Oak trees are scattered all around the forest, but most of them are found in this area.


C=Pine

The Pine trees are found in this general area and there's also more of them to the south and south-west.


D=Beech


Beech trees in this forest are found most abundantly here, but they are also found in several more places throughout the forest.


E=White Birch

There are few White Birch trees found in this forest, and they are all scattered about, but most are in this area. More are found at the southern edge of the forest, and some more are found near the beech trees.

About the Forest

The most common type of tree in the forest would seem to be the spruce tree, most of them are small and not fully grown. This tree is not my crop tree. I found my crop tree based on how much increase in economic value it will bring. The White and Red Oak are my crop trees due to how they're an abundant tree in the forest and how they're also worth a good amount of money if you were to sell them. They're also good for firewood.

What are Forest Management Practices?

Forestry management practices are things that a forester would suggest that you should do to your forest to make it the best it can be. There are many categories of forestry management practices including wildlife and aesthetics.

Forestry Management Practices

Some forestry management practices I would do would be ones that would help the trees to grow stronger, to help the wildlife, and to make the forest have a more aesthetic appeal.


To help the trees grow stronger I would clear the lower insignificant trees to make room for the oaks and bigger trees to grow, and also to help them get the nutrients they need. I would do my best to keep the forest healthy, by getting rid of weeds and things that would put the trees in danger.


To help the wildlife I would remove some trees that looked like they could fall over soon. I would also remove trees that looked like, if they were to fall over, they would endanger other parts of the forest. This would make it so that the wildlife has a safe environment to live in.


For aesthetic appeal I would most likely clear some trees if some trees look too cluttered in an area, or if there were dead trees that fell over. I would also trim some trees and plants, so that there would be a cleaner look to the forest and I would also just do my best to keep all of the trees healthy, so that they don't look gross.

Bibliography

“FORESTRY Best Management Practices.” FORESTRY Best Management Practices. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/info/pubs/harvesting/bmps.htm>


“Ohio State University Fact Sheet.” Crop Tree Management: A New Tool to Help You Achieve Your Woodland Goals, F-50-02. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://ohioline.osu.edu/for-fact/0050.html>


“Spruce Pine.” The Wood Database. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/softwoods/spruce-pine/>