Category Archives: Conservation & Environment

Brodnax visit May 2019

As a gentleman landowner, I am unaccustomed to actual work. Today was a lot of actual work in the forest. I had some success and some not success. I cleared a couple acres of sweet gum and poplar in order … Continue reading

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Freeman May 2019

Feeling overwhelmed today. Visiting the farms. So much to do. I have an idea what I want, but there is so much land and so little me. I know this happens to me every spring and I will get over … Continue reading

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Preservation & Conservation

Preservation &  Conservation Not everybody makes the distinction between conservation & preservation, but some do and whole books have been written on it, usually discussing the differences between Gifford Pinchot and John Muir. I won’t tell that story here.  Suffice … Continue reading

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Durham Bulls

Finished our Forest History Society board meeting. The evening program included a Durham Bulls baseball team. The local team did not do well. The stadium is very nice but a little small. The other team, the Gwinnett Stripers, were able … Continue reading

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Forest History Society

Went to the ribbon cutting ceremony at Forest History Society. I was elected a board member last year. This is my first full board meeting. The Forest History Society has archives and information about forests & the forestry industry. They … Continue reading

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White oak regeneration and looking at summer & winter burns

One of the things we lobbied Congress about yesterday was landscape initiatives like the White Oak Initiative. I told them that it was important and good for landowners to do. I figured I should take my own advice, so I … Continue reading

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Lobbying day for forests

Our day of lobbying went well. We visited staffers from Senators Tim Kaine & Mark Warner, as well as from Representatives Gerald Connolly, Morgan Griffith, Abigail Spanberger, Rob Wittman & Ben Cline. I met a few of the staffers before … Continue reading

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Susan & Ronald Moyers – Tree Farmers of the Year 2019

My note on Virginia’s Tree Farmer of the Year Meeting Ronald and Susan Moyers and touring their Highland County Tree Farm, along with their daughter Missy was a true joy. Their enthusiasm for tree farming is palpable and infectious. The … Continue reading

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Water & mud on Diamond Grove

I went to look over the Diamond Grove place. Flooding has knocked down bridges. My road was closed off, thankfully the block was just past the gate to our farms. It rained a lot and moved a lot of mud. … Continue reading

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Prickly pear and the rattlesnake master

When you think cactus, you rarely think Virginia, but the prickly pear is native to southeastern piney forests and part of the longleaf ecology. Trees are more than wood and forests are more than trees is well illustrated by a … Continue reading

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