Monday, June 25, 2018

Clear Forest Streams


If you want children to love the forest, then get them out and let them enjoy!  They love playing in the cool forest streams and whether damming it up or look for gold children love to play in a stream. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Honor From Longleaf Alliance


Felicia and I were recently featured in a web presentation by the Longleaf Alliance called Longleaf Pine: A tough tree for tough sites.  There is lots of information here for those wanting to learn more about the Mountain Longleaf Pine.  We are featured on the part Longleaf-A better choice for these sites. The bullet points on the left of the page show the titles.
Longleaf Alliance came to our property and did an interview with us and developed this story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Learn and Burn


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

Successful Workshop For Women

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

ForestHer Workshop

In February we will be hosting a workshop for women that are interested in forestry. If you want to register for this workshop go to https://tinyurl.com/forestherFeb2018
Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year Plans

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

12-15 Inches of Snow, No Wind

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.