Monthly Archives: June 2016

Our activities should be mindful and iteratively adaptive in systemic ways that lead to sustainability

Referenced article http://thelens.news/2016/06/14/more-logging-in-washington-state-could-help-restore-forest-health-say-experts There has not been a “natural” landscape in North America since the end of the last ice age, at least if we define natural as unaffected by humans. We need to abandon the artificial idea of human-free … Continue reading

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Garden spots

Final set of pictures from yesterday’s woodland visit. As I wrote, there are too many acres for me to tend personally, so I have adopted a few particular areas of special attention. They are kind of like the gardens. I … Continue reading

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The sound of water flowing

Besides the trials and tribulations I wrote about before on the tree farm, there were some more pleasant little things. For example, I moved my chair to look at one of the creeks. You can see the better view and … Continue reading

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Cutting trees saves forests

Thinning pine forests is an important management tool for healthy forests. Look at the two pictures. The stands are opposite each other and planted in 1996. The difference is that the first one was thinned in 2011. We removed 2/3 … Continue reading

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A long and hard day

It is the end of a long day. I chose yesterday to go to the farms because the day was predicted to be the nicest day of the year, low humidity, sunny high about 80 degrees. And it was the … Continue reading

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A place to sit

A problem at the farms is that I have no place to sit. It just is not comfortable to sit on rocks or on the ground, not to mention that when you sit on the ground you get closer to … Continue reading

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Prickly plants on the farms

Lots of things are prickly or troublesome on my land. Some are useful but annoying. A good example are the blackberries. They proliferate anyplace there is a disturbance and sometimes seem to have a malevolent intelligence. As you push through … Continue reading

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Simple soil solutions

Went down U.S. 29 to see Simple Soil Solutions, a farm near Gladstone, VA where they are rebuilding soils through progressive grazing and then stopped at Madison, VA for a meeting with local tree farmers. I always enjoy the drive … Continue reading

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Tree farming on acreage big & small

You cannot be a true tree farmer on an acreage small enough that you can just take care of it yourself using hand tools. On the other hand, it is profoundly gratifying to work with your trees on small acreages, … Continue reading

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