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.

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!