Which trees are 'weed' trees?
We have a 1-acre woodland lot which is in drastic need of some land management. I'd like to remove a lot of the weed trees, but I'm not sure which ones should go, other than a half-dozen or so red & white oaks and a couple of shagbark hickories which obviously should stay. Unfortunately, they are in the minority. The most numereous species are American Elm, White Ash, Hackberry, Black Walnut, and Black Cherry. Other species are Sugar Maple, Box Elder, Pawpaw, Hawthorne, Honey Locust, Red(?) Mulberry, and Hop Hornbeam (Ironwood). We also have single specimans of Ohio Buckeye, Catalpa, Osage Orange, and Wild Plum. The largest trees are probably a foot in diameter, but most are smaller. There are literally hundreds of trees crowding this tiny area. One section has also filled in quite thickly with native Corralberry which I'm starting to think should also be cleared out even though I've always liked it. There's a lot of native woodland forbes and grasses which I'm sure would flourish with more sunlight. My goal is to keep it a woodland, not try to turn it back into savannah even though that's probably what it originally was. Any ideas?