Monday, December 11, 2017

Timber Harvest Now in Process

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

Alabama Treasure Forest Association

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Orange Butterfly Comparison

My daughter got the perfect picture of two orange butterflies that often get confused, the monarch butterfly and the gulf fritillary butterfly. 
These two posed perfect for the picture.  Top one is the monarch and the bottom one is the gulf fritillary.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thinning a Sixteen Year Old Stand


 BEFORE

AFTER

This is the goal of a first thinning of sixteen year old loblolly pines.  We are in the middle of this thin taking place right now.  This thin will help these trees to grow into a mature forest and the sunlight hitting the forest floor allows many new plants to grow that benefits wildlife.

This logging deck will become a wildlife opening.  This spot is just being prepare for the thinning to begin. It takes lots of room for an eighteen wheeler to turn around and get the trailer in place to load the logs.

As the timber is harvested we do everything possible to control erosion. The limbs and straw removed from the trees as the logs are prepared for loading onto the trucks are scattered on the logging trails.  This mulch here is about eight inches thick.  It will act as a sponge to release the water back into the soil.
This is a major project on our property at this time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pollinators

The lack of pollinators has become a concern nation wide but today our flowers are really being worked by the butterflies before cold weather sets in.  It is very peaceful watching them as the fanatically try to get all their work complete. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Great Announcement


This is just being announced now on al.com that Georgia Pacific is about to spend $100 million on the old Talladega GP mill for a new lumber mill.  This will help stabilize and provide for jobs in Clay County, truck drivers, loggers, foresters and some my work at the lumber mill. This is great news for the private forest landowners in our area,  no more having to ship saw-logs over 90 miles! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Train Them Up Right


This young man attended the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Meeting this past weekend in Birmingham.  It is so important that we introduce young ones to the forest if we want them to have and understanding about forest management.  This young man already claims his forest because he always says "My Bowden Grove" referring to our forestland.