I bought the family farm 4 years ago. My parents bought it back in the 70's. Almost 19 years ago shortly after my father died we did a heavy thinning on the hardwoods, which are about 45 acres and have the property. There was a lot of 80+ year old Virginia pine, and we wanted it gone before another ice storm. We also cut a lot of poplar, some nice red oak, and saw timber cherry. On a different part of the property, planted loblollys were thinned 6 years ago. At that time they cut a tractor trailer load of poplar off a farm road on the property. Unfortunately, the forester who did both these last sales passed away. He did an awesome job marking etc. I am not optimistic about finding somebody to replace him. At the time of the pine thinning he said it would need to be done again in 8 years. So I'm coming up on that. The hardwoods that were thinned 19 years ago, I am thinking of doing that again. Not sure if it's too soon though? Last time no white oaks were cut. Some were damaged though. This time I would remove WO's that don't produce good acorns or were damaged. I have a lot of tulip poplars that are 20-24" with a few up to 30" DBH. I'm thinking of having all of them cut. Most only are clear for 1.5-2.5 logs. And don't look they will ever produce much more as a result. I may have a couple of small areas cleared for food plots. Not sure if I am being too aggressive. When I look back since the last cut, the stand of VA pine that were cleared are now beautiful young stands of oak and poplar, 100% improvement. There are other areas though where I was not aggressive enough with dealing with invasives like privet or bittersweet, and will need to get on top of that before any further timber cutting. Does 20 years sound like a reasonable interval for hardwood thinning?