But if there was you’d hard put to see it. Some of the deer around here get so dark their backs and sides look almost black. Conversely, I’ve talked to local rangers who’ve spoken of piebald deer in these parts.
Our Eastern forests were heavily timbered, so the vast majority of our woodlands is regrowth–much of that tertiary growth. As Scottie has mentioned before, if you let a field lie fallow in this region it quickly returns to woodland on its own. Unfortunately, w/ overpopulation by Whitetails and the introduction of diseases such as Chestnut and Elm blight, the mix of trees is not primarily that of the optimum mast producers–beeches, chestnuts, oaks, etc–that would normally grow here.
Same here; even though the mountains are very steep and valleys very narrow, most people were subsistence farmers who kept the land cleared all the way to the ridges (where it’s too rocky for crops or grass to grow). Of course people also had orchards and shade trees, and they harvested various nuts from wild trees too. There are a few stands of virgin timber left on private land, and a few individual trees of great age that have been preserved here and there, but most of the timber here is second or third growth.