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Effects of logging on known woods?

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Has anyone experienced your known producing woods usually filled with elms, being logged and thinned out significantly. What effect did it have on the morel production? Many more elms are now "dead" but I think too much sun is getting in and may not produce very good at all? Looking for experienced shroomer experiences to comment on this.
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"This is what I know". Morels feed on root systems of certain trees (but not just any tree). Tree starts to die, root system starts to die and morel mushrooms feed off the root system (they are feeding down not up). Once this decay starts, that tree is good for about three years (but the tree has to be at least a half a year into root decay). After that,the morel is no longer interested in feeding on the decaying roots (too far gone). At about the five year dead tree period (for elm), pheasant back mushrooms start feeding. They feed from the inside out. This is why shaking a bag full of mushrooms for morel growth makes no sense.Try shaking a bag full of dryads saddle onto the side of that dead elm if you believe the spore shakers! The elm tree produces both morel and pheasant back mushrooms (just not at the same time because they both like the rate of decay at different stages). Now back to the post on timbered woods. Absolutely timbered woods are going to be good just like burnt down forests are hot spots for mushrooms. The root system is killed in both instances and guess what the mushrooms are saying? Mmmmmmmmm! Mushrooms are a lot like us. They need two things to survive. Food and water. Decaying root structure is their food source as is the case with most fungi....
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