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Buckthorn Management on Public

Patriot38

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Just went scouting. I noticed a huge section of buckthorn that was cut down. (MN). Many of the larger trees were just scored. Does the forest service score the trees and apply poison or is this more of a mark to cut down later?


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131north

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Never heard it called ring cutting, I always called it girdling but basically you're creating a standing dead tree by cutting through the cambium. Quick way to open up a forest floor to sunlight, but as the video said, pretty sketchy because that tree (or it's branches) can come down any time the longer it stands there dead. Usually you remove the bark in between those 2 cuts, so hard to say if that was a professional job or not...
 

Lawson_vt

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Highly doubt that the Forest Service did that, check with your state game/land management agency.
Used to work for the Forest Service and that is not a project they would likely take on.
 

walleyepatrol2

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Its called TSI or Timber Stand Improvement. I am assuming you were on MN DNR State or Forest land. This is often done to get rid of unwanted species while still leaving the timber to stand to allow for wildlife etc to use the dead and dying trees. A practical way to manage unwanted species when there is often no market for the undesirable species. They most likely cut the buckthorn and treated the stumps with herbicide the work is often done in winter months.
 
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