I am clearing 30 acres of forest to make way for a new field. To the East there is 8 acres that used to be a former field (1800-1920). Then in the middle there is about 12 acres of wet ground. Then on the west side there is 10 acres of sloped ground that was never anything but forest...ever. By law I can cut all the wood I want on any of it, but I cannot stump it for farming. Logging is a different story. (stupid)
So yesterday I had a Basswood tree that I was going to save. No real reason, I just like basswood lumber and was going to save it to saw on my own sawmill. Next to it was an big ash tree that I wanted to cut for a Mat Log. As it came crashing down, the top of the ash caught the basswood and uprooted the thing right out of the ground. Drat...but from that an idea was born.
Hardwood stumps rot really fast, especially in wet soil, but hemlock not so fast. The wetland area is teeming with hemlock, and a few are already uprooted from the wind tossing them about. Since I live on a very big hill, what if I cut all the hardwood and other softwoods around the hemlock. Would this let the hemlocks with their long sweeping boughs take the brunt of the wind and uproot them from the thin soil?
Would this work? Would it be legal since I am not stumping with a bulldozer, simply letting the wind do its thing by manipulating what is removed from the forest canopy and exposed to the wind? There is no law that says I cannot harvest trees with the stumps still attached.