Sugar Maple Control and Hardwood Restoration in Central Illinois Woodland
Small woodlots can provide additional income and excellent wildlife habitat with proper management.
Objectives: To restore an oak/walnut/hickory forest in eastern Illinois for income-producing lumber and nuts.
To control encroachment of sugar maples, the producer used prescribed burning and spot spraying for saplings, and girdling for trees up to six inches in diameter. He is marketing sugar maples over six inches in diameter for lumber and firewood. After removal of the maples, reforestation with desirable hardwoods is being accomplished by natural methods and handplanting.
Results: The project has been extended for one year to gather additional data.