Trees of the Past, Present, and Future
Good regeneration treatments simulate natural disturbances and work with the direction of natural forest growth and development on a site. As a first step in developing a vision and plan for your woods, look for trees of the past, present, and future. For each category, note the species, and see what you can learn about how the stand is naturally changing.
- Trees of the past are represented by stumps, snags or big, old, dead, and dying trees. Some trees of the past may be widely spaced wolf trees, with huge spreading crowns. Others may be smaller than average trees in dense stands that were crowded out by faster growing trees.
- Trees of the present form the main canopy and currently dominate the stand.
- Trees of the future are seedlings, saplings, and midstory trees that are ready to become dominant when canopy trees are harvested or die from natural causes.