Hinge cutting is dangerous, add to that large trees, and the risk in my opinion outweighs the reward, especially since the larger trees are more difficult to keep attached to the stump. The areas I currently wish to improve tend to have trees that are larger than I care to hinge cut with hinge cutting methods. Cutting through enough to fall the tree is risky without control of the tree. I ended up in the past traditionally cutting the large trees then hinge cutting smaller trees on top. This spring I decided to try something new, I started cutting these large trees half way through max on calm days thinking about the direction I'd like the trees to fall, then let mother nature take care of the dirty work. Below is an example of some cut trees waiting for the next wind storm. Some pics after mother nature drops the trees with no one around to be injured. These trees being willow and having half the trunk still attacked are almost guaranteed to stay alive for years to come. Now I'll still go into the area and hinge smaller trees, but keeping the large trees alive I believe is going to greatly improve the habitat. Going back in I verify upon entering that all trees previously cut are down, if not I'll take those out, then do the next wave of hinge cutting. Doing this method even with smaller trees, any tree I can't physically push over with half the trunk still attacked, is keeping the habitat improvements alive longer, which is my ultimate goal.