What do I do? The vast majority of the trees are Basswood and they have were mostly destroyed...

by straight line winds 3 years ago. How do I go about starting a new timber in the middle of this mess. I am starting to clean up the wood, but what do I do when it is cleaned out?


There are only two methods to reestablish a woodlot that has sustained excessive disturbance – natural regeneration and planting.  Although the loss of the existing stand can be devastating, it is also an opportunity to further the goals and objectives you have for the property.  As you work in the existing stand, look for tree seedlings that have already established themselves.  Are these tree species that meet your goals for wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and/or wood production?  If the answer is yes, then your best option may be to allow nature to continue for a while and take care to protect the seedlings while salvaging the wood.  If seedlings are scarce or not of a species that fits your needs, then you may want to consider preparing the site for planting.  Regardless of the method you choose, a forester will be able to assist you to either assess the number and species of naturally occurring seedlings per acre (stocking) to determine if there is sufficient natural regeneration or in presenting options for site preparation and appropriate species to plant.