WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? You may disagree, but I think this shrub is great for wildlife & humans alike despite its immigrant-status. Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) has been handed a scarlet letter labeling it as “invasive.” However, its fruit can be delicious. Even better, is that it is
So this is interesting: Beech trees seem to only epicormic sprout when hinge cut, they do not appear to root sprout. This allows for the removal of the shading beech while providing cover for wildlife. There is not vigorous beech growth from the roots allowing for regeneration of other species.
Ohh the growth just after two years! Wildlife habitat is coming into its prime on this property with oak trees in the overstory and young oak, maple, and birch vigorously competing in the understory. I found evidence of bear, raccoon, deer, chipmunk, grey squirrel, and countless songbirds on my short