Satellite map footage of Northern Michigan. I saw this on Google Maps and wondered what it was. Turns out they are patch cutting done to provide habitat for the previously endangered Kirtlands Warbler. It used to rely on fire to create the young stands of pine it requires to nest.

  1. I am fairly sure that is unplanted areas not due to cutting. This is use to mimic what naturally occurs after a wildfire. The Kirtland’s Warblers need open areas amongst the dense young Jackpine forests.

  2. In some satellite views around the Grayling and Roscommon you can see the route the planting machines appeared to take to create the openings. Perhaps the used to cut the openings in the past? Seems like a waste of planting efforts.

  3. I just used the language the websites used. But I think part of it, in reading the websites is that logging companies actually cut the trees and pay for it. Because the species isn't in the Endandgered Species list anymore, it doesn't get Federal money, so they use the money from the logging to keep up the habitat. And from what I read the pine trees grow pretty quickly so you are constantly needing to cut them or else they become too tall / would naturally fill in the open areas.

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