Have about 30 acres of mixed hardwood. When asked what I burned as firewood I told them what I prefer was a mix of oak and hickory but that what I actually burn is what ever is dead ,dying or blown down.
Managing the understory is just as important as the big trees .
We have 8 acres of mixed hard and soft wood just for heat. We do have to barter some from a friend who has 40 acres (we help him cut and split his wood for winter and he let's us take what we need-he is almost 70 and has some heart problems)
We also take care of the undergrowth making sure buckthorn and similar do not choke out saplings.
When I bought this land it had only a few trees at the very back...lowest of farm and a natural water run. I planted a few trees. The mini horses destroyed some of those!
The land was a p-nut farm. So cleared. Over the years I planted grass, fenced portions at a time and birds, winds, etc., planted trees for me. . Those I wanted were carefully missed when I mowed. Obviously, several are on fence lines -- but not all. As I remove and rework my cross fence, they are into the fields reapportioned.
It has taken years! I've been here 23 years now. But nice shade in pastures. Each year. I seem to manage to get a few "added". I no longer burn wood. DD does in her fireplace but, downed wood in surrounding -with permission- land has supplied that hardwood.
I live where international paper has thousands of acres. Also many farmers have acres of woodland where soils won't support crops. What a mess when they harvest!!
My brother mills wood but he moved away from the home estate. He is still in Louisiana though. I am the one that ended up with the woods and orchard and I have bought property bordering what I have and want more.
Right now we have a massive cleanup to do because y’all can’t imagine what Hurricane Ida was really like. The ugliest monster I have seen in my 56 years….and I have seen a lot of monsters. I would imagine if my brother wanted to come down the bayou he could have lots of lumber and we could cord a bunch a firewood regardless just with the cleanup. But my brother really had milled back in our woods. My father had made a gym, Jacuzzi room and barn for his RV with the wood he got from it. It’s always a possibility.
it's great to know someone who has a mini-mill if you have a woodlot. i used to have a friend with enough land and a mini-mill and he ended up building a house from his own trees. he was also into caving and so he also was carving a house out of his hillside - but i never got to see that before i moved away.