Monthly Archives: August 2016

Originality is overrated

Thoughts based on this article for New York TimesĀ  – The Accidental Plagiarist in All of Us I am proud to admit it. I never had an original idea. That is what education is all about. You tap into the … Continue reading

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Clear cutting

We thinned 86 acres in 2010/11. We did our first clear cut harvest last year (June 2015). Some people hate clear cutting and it certainly is not appropriate everywhere. But if you want to grow pine trees, clear cutting is … Continue reading

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Stream management zones

Best forestry practices tell us to protect the water of Virginia by not cutting timber within stream management zones. We give at least 50 feet, usually more. Where several streams come together this can be a fair amount of land. … Continue reading

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August 23, 2016 forest visit

Took advantage of the nice weather to go down to the farms and spent most of my time clearing brush and pulling down vines. We are planning on burning under the longleaf pine in January. Longleaf are fire dependent. My … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg gives an idea of life in Virginia a few centuries ago. It is a pleasant place with lots of period buildings and big trees. But it is more pleasant in our modern contemplation than it was to live … Continue reading

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Williamsburg big trees

There are lots of big trees in Williamsburg, more than you would probably find in a similar area of a natural forest. People protect these trees. In my first picture, you can see the cable of a lightning rod that … Continue reading

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Busch Gardens

Went to Busch Garden with the whole family and rode of the various roller coasters. The new one – Tempesto – is fun, but Apollo’s Chariot remains my favorite. It was a very hot, but fun day. The best thing … Continue reading

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Big trees in Williamsburg

There are lots of big trees in Williamsburg, more than you would probably find in a similar area of a natural forest. People protect these trees. In my first picture, you can see the cable of a lightning rod that … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg gives an idea of life in Virginia a few centuries ago. It is a pleasant place with lots of period buildings and big trees. But it is more pleasant in our modern contemplation than it was to live … Continue reading

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Busch Gardens

Went to Busch Garden with the whole family and rode of the various roller coasters. The new one – Tempesto – is fun, but Apollo’s Chariot remains my favorite. It was a very hot, but fun day. The best thing … Continue reading

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