What do you mean by a 'mess'? When was the last time it was cut? Did the forester recommend giving it 5 years for a harvest or to start converting to a silvopasture?
It's has a lot of overgrown underbrush, Widow makers, standing dead,(some of which is rotted) and piles of old cut trees from who knows how long ago. We alao have a lot of stinging nettle, honey suckle everywhere.