Category Archives: Virginia forestry

October forest visit

Took advantage of the beautiful last day of October to do some work on the farms. We will be burning soon in Freeman, weather depending. I wanted to get some of the slash away from the trees. There are not … Continue reading

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Longleaf growing well

Chrissy came with me to the farms today so she could take pictures of me with my trees to give perspective of size. First two pictures are my longleaf pine in Freeman, planted in 2012. We (DoF Adam Smith) burned … Continue reading

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Forest Stewardship Plan for John Matel and Christine Johnson, Brodnax Tract

Forest Stewardship Plan for John Matel and Christine Johnson, Brodnax Tract Introduction This Forest Stewardship Management Plan covers the examination of approximately 135 acres of forestland in Brunswick Country, near Brodnax, Virginia. The tract map is included. The tract is … Continue reading

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Conservation by Those Getting Their Hands Dirty

My article for the next issue of “Virginia Forests.” I was a city kid, but my urban Milwaukee public schools featured nature and forestry programs.  These sojourns into nature changed my life. I would not be a forest owner and … Continue reading

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Land Owner Dinner in Brunswick County

It did not rain all day, so my trip to the farms and the landowner dinner went well. We got around forty people for the landowner dinner, a good turnout. Mike Santucci gave a much shortened version of his Generation … Continue reading

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The Nature of Impermanence

Burning Doubt I will never beat the feeling of dread when I see my scorched trees after a fire. They are not burned, but the heat plumes rose more than thirty feet. Science and experience tell me that things will … Continue reading

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Brookings: Improving water infrastructure and promoting a more inclusive economy

Rode down to Brookings for a program on the water workforce, see below. Getting my bike fixed and some of the parts replaced saves at least ten minutes of ride-time, as the energy formerly turned into friction heat and sideways … Continue reading

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Forest Visit June 2018

Went down to the farms to look at the thinning and burning.  Besides just being in my forests and checking on those things, my goal was to try to get rid of some of the ailanthus.  It is an endless … Continue reading

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Sand County Almanac

Spent my morning rereading and thinking about parts of “A Sand County Almanac”. I read “Axe in Hand” and the “Land Ethic.” That book had a great influence on me. I realize it when I reread the passages and find … Continue reading

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I Speak for the Trees

A really great article. It is a little long, but well worth reading. I remember those protestors in the picture. I thought it appropriate that one of them was dress like a cartoon character in a children’s story, since it … Continue reading

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