I saw this while browsing Twitter today, and it’s great information for anyone with a plot of woods they want to develop into better habitat.
Well, following the link leads to a fact-sheet from Clemson University Cooperative Extension, and it’s something I’ll be printing out and adding to my collection. The link leads to the following paper (Click the title to go directly to the paper.)
Greg Yarrow, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Fact Sheet 34: Revised May 2009
The part referenced in the QDMA twitter post above starts with this paragraph:
Pure stands of unmanaged pine timber generally provide poor deer habitat because of the low quality forage and the scarcity of mast-producing hardwoods (e.g. oaks and other fruit-producing trees). Dense stands and closed canopies reduce browse and fruit yields. Management efforts in this forest type should be directed toward increasing browse production. Intermediate thinning of pine stands is recommended to open the overstory and encourage desirable understory vegetation. Thinning should be sufficient to achieve a basal area of 50 to 60 square feet per acre prior to stand regeneration.
This is seriously good information, I’d recommend anyone who is interested in improving their property for whitetail habitat take a few minutes and read the whole thing.