Category Archives: Virginia forestry

Looking for a Land Ethic on Virginia Tree Farms

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) assessed our Virginia program this year. I got to go along with the assessor. We visited a random sample of twenty-one tree farms all around the Commonwealth, covering 1,195 miles. It was fun and enlightening … Continue reading

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Freeman Thinning 80 Acres

I dislike how it looks right after a harvest and I should probably avoid it for a little while, but I must look. I know this is a necessary step and it will be better soon. On the plus side, … Continue reading

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Virginia Tree Farm Odyssey

Virginia Tree Farm Odyssey Published on May 17, 2018 Edit article View stats John Matel President Virginia Tree Farm Foundation Edit article The American Tree Farm System (AFTS) assesses tree farms to make sure members are working to the high … Continue reading

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Timber Harvest – Brunswick County, May 14, 2018

Went down to the farms to see the harvest. We are thinning around 80 acres to 50 basal area (trees very far apart). We are also clearing 1/4 acre on every acre and clearing about four acres that were overstocked. … Continue reading

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Years of Days – January 03

January 03 Still very cold.  Working on my tree farm presentation and the bigger related subject.   January 03, 2009 Public Diplomacy & New Technologies Back story I went to see the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.  It … Continue reading

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Lobbying (Again)

Went up to Capitol Hill to meet with staffers for Virginia’s Senators and Members of Congress.  We met Republicans and Democrats, all of whom were broadly supportive of tree farming and the principles of sustainable forestry.  It is an easy … Continue reading

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Virginia Tree Farm Foundation

Attended my last Virginia Tree Farm Committee in Richmond today. The Committee is no more, but it is not gone. Rather it has evolved into the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) entity able to raise money and … Continue reading

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Favorite pine landscapes

Also on Facebook I had planned to aggressively thin 80 acres of 1996 loblolly and under plant with longleaf, but the talks I listened to today were not encouraging. The main problem seems to be that loblolly are prolific seed … Continue reading

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Virginia longleaf

Also in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.matel/posts/10211094185892165 Looking through some old photos, I found the one on top from spring 2012. You can see the little longleaf pines. Most of the bigger green clumps are not trees, just other plants. The second photos … Continue reading

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Putting fire in the woods

Facebook page Putting fire into pine woods is important to maintain the ecological balance among the fire dependent species, but lots of landowners are afraid to use it and/or lack the tools. So the SC authorities have created a rolling … Continue reading

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