Category Archives: Conservation & Environment

Nature Conservancy

Warm day today. We walked over to Open Road for supper and a couple beers. Alex came along. But boozing is normal for us. The less usual part of our day was our breakfast at Virginia Nature Conservancy (TNC), shown … Continue reading

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What do you want to do when you retire? is this week’s Story Worth question.

This question comes a little late, but it is something I thought about for a long time and that I am now implementing. I am doing what I wanted to do when I retired. Knowing when to leave your life’s … Continue reading

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Forest visit March 24, 2019 (1)

This was one of the rainiest years ever in Virginia. Our stream management zones were carrying more water than usual. You see in the first picture how high the water was by looking at the sand and mud that the … Continue reading

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Forest visit March 24, 2019

I attended a talk about the need for white oak for bourbon barrels and decided to do my part for the 2050 class of bourbon drinkers by planting one of my patches with white oak. So I ordered some from … Continue reading

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Still developing a land ethic

Land empty of people is sad and incomplete – A land full of people who overreach and destroy nature is a horror. A land empty of people is sad and incomplete. Walking gently on the earth is essential, but that … Continue reading

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You need not eat the whole egg to know it is rotten

You need not eat the whole egg to know it is rotten. Like many Virginia landowners, I get unsolicited offers from firms wanting to exploit my land for solar farms. I throw them in the garbage. I don’t care what … Continue reading

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We are the original “green deal”

We are the original “green deal.” The American Tree Farm System has been conserving forest land in the USA since 1941 & I think we have done a good job. The ATFS logo includes the four things our land produces: … Continue reading

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You cannot make Bourbon w/o white oak

  Bourbon is a gift of the oak tree. More than half of whiskey’s flavor & all of its color comes from the oak in the barrels. The whiskey is taken in and out of the wood as it ages … Continue reading

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Road to Louisville

In Louisville. CJ & I went to visit Jim Beam and then had supper at the local Gordon Biersch. Also visited Louisville Slugger. They are moving away from ash. More bats are made of harder maple these days. On the … Continue reading

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Brunswick County Timber & Agriculture Conference

Forestry is the 3rd largest industry in Virginia (Agriculture is #1 followed by tourism). Brunswick County is Virginia’s leading timber producer and has been for the last decade. My forest lands are in Brunswick County, so I was delighted to go … Continue reading

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