Reforesting some land #851237

Asked September 25, 2023, 8:57 PM EDT

Hello. My family home is situated on about 7 acres of land, most of which is wooded. The wooded area closest to the house had a large number of ash trees, almost all of which have died off. As they died, my father cleared the land and turned it into lawn. At this point there is a large amount of lawn that is unused, perhaps an acre or so. I would like to “reforest” that area so that (eventually) it is left wild. The ground is near a creek and can get quite wet, and the soil is mostly clay. The creek seems healthy and has quite a bit of wildlife. There is also a fairly steep incline of about 80 feet or so rising from near the creek. It used to have ash trees but is now mostly bare. I wonder if you can point me to some resources about reforesting land and/or could help me with the following: 1. What trees are the best for those conditions? 2. What kind of timeline should I think about for this project as far as stopping mowing while making sure invasives don’t take over? 3. Are there other plants/seeds I should sow between the trees when they are still young to help the process? Thank you very much for any advice you can give.

Medina County Ohio

Expert Response

Hello Katherine,

First I suggest contacting an Ohio Service Forester through the Ohio Division of Forestry.  For Medina County the contact is John Jolliff.  They are a free service that helps folks maintain healthy woodlands.  They would be the best contact for timing and what to sow between the trees, if anything.
John Jolliff 
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Next, we have a great publication for replacing ash trees. It has a table with different sites including wet areas.  You can read it here:

Eastern Cottonwood and Sycamore rise to the top for a stream edge in my mind. You very much should plant an assortment of trees so that if another invasion occurs like emerald ash borer, you don't lose all your trees in one swoop.   Swamp white oak is also excellent and provides acorns for wildlife. 

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Ashley Kulhanek Replied September 27, 2023, 10:46 AM EDT

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