We explored our land with the help of a guide from Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project (http://macphailwoods.org/) They helped us identify trees and shrubs (we counted 15 types of trees, 15 shrubs, 5 ferns and 10 types of flowers/berries). It’s pretty impressive how you can identify plants without their leaves, and just using buds and catkins. Our goal is to make some trails on the property, so we got tips on how to decide where to lay them. I’ve also taken a couple courses with MacPhail Woods on patch clearing and chainsaw use and safety. So, in a few select areas along the trail, we’ll choose trees we want to keep, remove ones there are lots of, and add missing species. These species will then spread their seed and they will pop up in other parts of the forest! Hurray for wind and critters (blue jays, squirrels, etc)!
We learned that we have many species already and that we are only missing the late succession trees (Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Yellow Birch, Black and White Ash and Hemlock) plus some shrubs. I even have a chainsaw on order (a battery powered one. It’s lighter and quieter than the gas-powered ones). We are very excited to get started!