Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Yesterday the Clay County Forestry Planning Committee, which I serve on, sponsored a Learn and Burn Workshop. I was a burn mentor and helped show other people that are interested in using prescribed fire how to use fire safely as a tool in forest management. We had 49 to attend the workshop and burned over 500 acres. We got a very good burn on the host landowners property. It was a good day and a good event for landowners. We are looking to do this again next year.
Friday, February 23, 2018
The ForestHer Work Shop this week was a success. We hosted the event on our property, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, with a grant from Regions Bank. This workshop gave the ladies confidence in forest management. The ladies left the event with their own goals on how to improve their property. Attendees ranged from Birmingham, AL to Douglasville, GA. Several great speakers spoke to the ladies and the outdoor activities with this early spring weather was enjoyed by all!
(Below are some pictures from the workshop)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Monday, January 1, 2018
I love seeing these trees being harvested off of our property. We have already made plans for reforestation of this property this year. This property will be planted in longleaf pines. There are many management activities on the property planed for this coming year.
One load is of twelve inch topped hardwood trees and the second load is a load of nine inch topped hardwood trees.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Snow in the Oaks
Snow in the recently 1st thinning of these loblolly pines.
The results of the snow about two weeks ago. I had recently cleaned out and trimmed up the roads after the logging crews finished the thinning operation but I would have been better off waiting if I could have seen into the future. Today, I worked on getting the roads passable and I will have to come back later and finish trimming up the limbs in a few places.
While I was working on the roads today I made a picture showing what 12-15 inches of wet snow with no wind will do to a recently thinned stand of loblolly pines. Many snapped like tooth picks while others bent over never to stand back up It really looks bad right now but 10 years from now the stand should recover. That is just some of the happenings we can't control, you just have to take it and move on.
Monday, December 11, 2017
We are now in the process of harvesting 40 acres of mostly mature hardwood timber that is being converted to longleaf pines. We will be reforesting this property after site prepping next winter. This logging crew is the best! You can tell by the way they take care in putting in their roads to be able to get the trucks in for hauling the wood out.
There are some good pine logs coming off the property too.
Right now the timber harvesting is at a standstill due to the weather. 12-15 inches of snow makes it where the logging operation stops. This snow is not normal for us!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Last month I was selected to lead the Alabama Treasure Forest Association for the next year. This is a great honor for me. I never knew several years ago when I was teaching about Treasure Forest recognition to ninth graders in forestry class that one day I would get the opportunity to lead this great organization.
Go to treasureforest.org for more information.