Thursday, November 6, 2014

What Will Happen To Your Property?

We read in the forest landowner world so much about what will happen to our property after it goes to the next generation?  Well, I think the answer is in our hands as a forest landowner.  You start introducing children to the forest early in their life.  You have to get them out into the forest if you want them to love the outdoors and look at the ever changing environment.  They need to grow with the forest!
I am proof of the above.  A few years ago I was the FFA  advisor for our local FFA Forestry Team.  We won the National Contest in Kansas City, Missouri.  The same year the 4-H Team from the other side of the state won the National 4-H Contest in West Virginia.  The 4-H leader was a neighbor of mine that lived about a mile from me and we grew up together.  I told people we lived in the woods and that was all we knew but we knew the woods.  I don't think this just happened.
Yesterday my eleven month old grandson along with his mom spent time working on tree-stands with me on our property.  We took a break and sat in the leaves.  Eli was so impressed with all he was finding in his new world, leaves, acorns and sticks.  It is so much fun to watch them become part of the forest!
In the next issue of the Woodland magazine(American Tree Farm Publication) there will be an article about my family and our attachment to the forest.

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