Goodrich & Wysong Black Walnut Plantations
The Goodrich and Wysong black walnut plantations are 4.3 acres and 0.7 acres respectively. They were established in 1983/1984 for the purposes of managing for long-term nut & high-quality wood product production.
Due to deer damage on trees during the first 10 years at the Goodrich tract, a coppice study was done to determine if tree form and growth could be improved in the midst of heavy deer pressure. Deer-damaged trees were cut back to the ground-line and allowed to re-sprout (“coppicing”). Then all but one well-formed dominant sprout was cut back and protected from constant deer feeding and antler rubbing. This practice was successful in developing vigorous, well-formed stems that have the potential to produce high quality wood products (lumber and veneer).
In January 2015, the Goodrich black walnut plantation was selectively thinned to provide adequate growing room for the highest quality trees. The above photo shows the trees before thinning; the lower photo shows the trees after thinning.
A student assistant measures the height of four-year-old black walnut trees at the Goodrich Tract.