Don't beat around the bush
Are you clearing out your own woodland? Be sure to have a careful eye when clearing out invasive species, you may miss some important plants!
An unmanaged natural area will grow up quickly with Buckthorn and Honeysuckle, but if you want to restore your woods there’s more to it than just saving the oaks and hickories! If you’re thinking about clearing brush, try walking through and seeing if you can spot these common natives hanging on!
Elderberry: An arching sparse shrub with thick twigs and compound leaves. In late spring it has large white panicles of flowers that benefit bees and pollinators, and in late summer the dark purple berries are on the shrub providing an important food source for birds.
Nannyberry: A single stemmed shrub. In winter look for the opposite, long, purple-pink buds. It has large white flowers in late spring and large blue berries later in summer that are very high in wildlife value.
Hazelnut: A multi-stemmed shrub. The most obvious features occur in winter when this shrub is filled with catkins- the immature male flower. In fall look for the unusual fruiting structures that each house a nut that is particularly high in wildlife value.