Working with wooded acreage
We are in the process of buying a 7 acre wooded tract in SC. It is almost all white oak, perhaps 40 years old. We are going to have to clear enough room for a house, but would like to keep the rest of it in woodland. I'm planning to do the clearing myself, as I don't trust a contractor not to make a mess of things, but I don't know how to get the stumps out w/o damaging trees I want to keep. Also- the trees are very close together, and I'm wondering if it's beneficial to do some judicious thinning, to help the trees reach their potential, or will nature do this on its own? There's very little brush or small trees- you can walk around pretty easily if you weave around the trees.