I have been to several locations where I have seen clearing similar to the one I am in currently? This was a clear cut logging area. There are what look like small trees that we cut down, though this was identified in the answer below as the branches removed from the trunks, and left behind.
Location: Southern Pennsylvania - Fort Loudon.
Photos are from August 16th, 2016
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