Category Archives: Conservation & Environment

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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Thoughts on sustainable forestry

I attended the Sustainable Forestry Initiative meeting in Charlottesville today.  My part consisted of a few short comments about tree farm, and I do not going to talk about that or report on the meeting itself, but listening to the … Continue reading

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The new dynamics of global energy and climate: A conversation with Exelon CEO Chris Crane

America was plunged into an energy crisis soon after I graduated from HS, so besides drinking way too much beer as a freshman at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, I was occupied with forestry and energy. I try to go … Continue reading

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Story of English

Chrissy & I went down to Smithsonian to unlock the wordhoard in a day-long program by Professor Anne Curzan, a linguist from University of Michigan. The real title was English Words: Etymologies and Curiosities. I just liked “wordhoard”. It is … Continue reading

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Longleaf Pine Cooperators in Virginia

The Longleaf Cooperators is an informal group of people and organizations interested in restoring the longleaf pine ecology to Virginia. I went down to the Garland Gray Virginia nursery. More on that below. I stopped at the Freeman place on … 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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October Forest Visit

I hate to look at it, but I have to learn from the mistake. The lesson that I take is not to do a fire during the growing season, especially when they trees are throwing up new growth. Southern pine … Continue reading

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Fire & Water

Fire & Water Some of my forest is flooded. I have never seen the water this high. Of course it is worse in North Carolina, but our farms are less than 20 miles from North Carolina. I did not see … Continue reading

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Value of Hypocrisy

I am a hypocrite and I proudly so. Hypocrisy is a prerequisite for civilization and the basis of courtesy. Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice plays to virtue, since hypocrisy implies acceptance of the value you pretend to have.   … Continue reading

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