The river bottomland woods are much different than the Big Woods. Whereas the Big Woods are dominated by oak, hickory, poplar and hardmaple, the river woods are dominated by large white pine and smallish VA pine, with some poplar, oak, hickory, soft maple and beech mixed in. And not only were these woods much younger, about 70 years old, they were in *terrible* shape, being horribly overgrown with thickets of young and middle-aged pine, crowding out the hardwoods. And of course it had its share of dead, diseased, damaged and dying trees.

Bottomland Woods

Bottomland Woods

So the Healing Harvest folks did their thing. They greatly thinned the growth, again using the “worst first” approach towards encouraging the forest back towards it’s climax state. It won’t happen in the remainder of my lifetime, but this process will greatly shorten the timeframe.

This section of the bottomlands woods was dominated by large, up to 24″, White Pine. Too many, in fact, so we took out many of the worst specimens to give the other trees room to better grow. These largish White Pines will be used to make lumber for the timber-frame portions of the house.