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My research is about ending our dependence on unsustainable forestry practices. How?

Bramble cutting happens on already disturbed sites, such as proximity to existing roads.

Brambles grow to harvestable size in less than a year. My manufacturing process is re-locatable. If we succeed in managing the spread of brambles in an area, the equipment can be moved up the road easily.

Brambles are not a single purpose plant. By engaging in multi-purpose plant management practices, food, fiber and landscape use can all be accomplished. More-than-human goals can also come into play as blackberry brambles are good pollinator support plants when not in overgrowth and serve as a food source and protective habitat for birds and small mammals. They can even act as a nursery for young trees by protecting them from being eaten by deer. 

Nutrient return and cycling: Nitrogen rich leaf litter is one of the large byproducts of this process right now. Leaves can be dropped on site to replenish the soil, or can be composted and used as an amendment for native plant starts.