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Open field planting

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I have a large field (approx. 80 acres) that is in CRP, that I would like to plant some cover into it near a newly established 10 acre wetland. I was thinking of planting some Norway and White spruce along the neighbors edges for screens and then creating blocks of thermal cover along the edge of the wetland. The area I am looking at planting is approx. 20 acres and I would like to plant most of it into trees, with a few openings. The area I placed the wetland into was commonly used as escape cover and I would like to restore an area for the future.

What can I plant that would give me a real thick santuary since this is a grass field now?

And what are other good tree species that I could plant to help restore this open field to cover?


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Try speckeld and/or tag alder in the areas near the wetland areas, autumn olive creates cover in a hurry in open fields and norway spruce is a tree that grows pretty quickly. Crab apples would be a good choice as well.
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