During the time when this area was under forestry management, many large, spreading oaks were removed because they kept precious sunlight from reaching the more marketable black walnuts below. The stump in back of the post represents just one of the 160 trees that were removed from the management area in 1980.
An important part of our old forest management program was maintaining a high-quality, diverse forest community. The large WHITE OAK (Quercus alba) behind this stump is one of dozens that were purposely left here because of their potential as “den trees.” This oak is already home to hundreds of insect species, dozens of birds, and maybe a few fox squirrels. As it grows older and larger, more and bigger holes will be excavated into its trunk and branches, and it will become a genuine “wildlife apartment building.”