Wednesday, March 27, 2019

If Stumps Could Talk

I made a picture this morning while turkey hunting in the National Forest of  an old longleaf pine stump.  You could see ax marks on the stump but it was finally cut down with a crosscut saw.  You might ask, "How do I know it was with a crosscut saw?"  You can always tell  by the height of the stump.
I wonder where the lumber from this stump went to?  Is the building it was used for still standing?  Did the wood stay in Alabama or did it go up north like so much of the longleaf pine lumber?  What year was it cut?  How did they get the wood off of this steep mountain?
This stump is a testament to the quality of the wood in a longleaf pine. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wildlife And Longleaf

We have pine straw on the ground in much of the 75 acres of loblolly pines that have been thinned but we have a need for more open areas for wildlife habitat.  Yesterday we pushed two different spots for giving wildlife more food, not just pine straw. 

On the north side of our property, at the same time we were clearing wildlife openings, we had fire lanes pushed and then burned 15 acres of two year old longleaf pines.  

Tree Farm NLC 2019

Had many very informative meetings at the Tree Farm National Leadership Conference last week in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Chief of the Us Forest Service. Vicki Christiansen, Spoke to us about partnerships with the Forest Service.

Tom Martin, Director and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, talked about the direction the foundation is heading and what it means to Tree Farm

One of our friends from Alabama, Chris Erwin, Director of ATFS & Southern Woodland Conservation gave us an update on what is going on with the American Tree Farm System.

We stayed at the Historic Brown Hotel and was able to visit many of the historic sights near the hotel like the Louisville Slugger Museum  and Factory.