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[Kenosha county land use planning],   pp. [unnumbered]-22 PDF (8.5 MB)

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G.  Jfrestation
     In the western moraine end of the County, reforestation received consider-
     able attention.  Coming, east, the attention lessened to the point there
     the committees -muld recommend the growing of these for recreation and
     aesthetic purposes but no other.
     Most of the woodland pastures yield too small an amount of feed to make
     them economically worth while. In addition, pasturing destroys the under-
     growth and deteriorates the woodlot. They should be either pasture or
     woodlot. In the western moraine area, it was felt that all farms contain-
     ed some land that is better suited to growing trees than to any other
     Most of this land is now either in a thin stand of trees or permanent
     pasture. About 15% of the land area is of this neture. The land in the
     little knobs in the town of Randall (E-4) and in the gravel hills in
     Wheatland and Brighton (E.4) should bu maintained in as thick a stand
     trees as possible. There are other kettle moraine and gravel hill areas
     being used  or or recommended for some recreational or game preserve
     that should oe growing thick stands of traes. In other areas such as
     in the corner of the four towns of Brighton, Peris, Bristol and Salem
     (E-4-A) the rougher stonier land should be trees.  The better of these
     rough lan s blend well. wuith the plow land as penriznent pastures and
     be improved as such.
     In the central plain, about one-half of the farms have some land better
     suited to the growing of trees than to any other purpose. About 10%
     the areas in these farms should be in trees. The remaining rough land
     sufficiently fertile to make it worth while to improve them as pastures.
H. Woodlot Menaament
    90 percent of the woodlots need fencing. About 85 percent of the woodlots
    in the county are thin stands that should be thickened either by keeping
    out livestock and allowing nature to take its course or by intorplanting
    or both. We may encourage the proper use of the farm woodlots by taking
    advantage of the Wisconsin law which e:empts thece lands from taxation
    where properly managed.  Provision should also be made to provide forest
    planting stock of the best species adapted to this region of the state.
I. Weods
   The increase of noxious weeds, particularly Field Bindweed or Creeping
   Jenny, is a serious menace to crop production in Kenosha County. A
   partially completed survey of the County shows an infestation of Creeping
   Jenny, ranging from 5 percent of the farms in the western end of the
   County to lC9 percent of the farms in the eastern end of the County.
   Many of thea  farms have relatively small patches, and it would prove
   advisable to put them into some sod crop such as alfalfa or pasture to
   prevent their spread until such time as the farmer may be able to con-
   centrate en the eradication of this pest.
   Mustard, Sow Thistle, Horse Nettle and many other woods have become or
   arc becoming serious menaces. Other weeds not serious in themselves,
   carry over disease to economic plants. Weeds are a serious handicap in
   the production of pure bred seod grains. The loss in yields, quality of

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