I checked in on an active timber sale on a cold Monroe County morning recently. It’s a clearcut with reserve trees, and it’s designed to regenerate oak through stump sprouts and seeds. The trees are financially mature. Most of them are growing very slowly, and they probably wouldn’t respond vigorously to release because they are relatively old and haven’t been thinned regularly. Given the landowner’s objectives, we decided a clearcut was appropriate for the site.
When I marked the sale, I left some of the biggest and best trees in clumps and individually. They will provide seed and wildlife, aesthetic and ecological value to the next forest. It will be exciting to see a young forest spring forth in next few years.
The logger is conscientious, and he’s doing a good job. Do you see the orange stick under his arm in the picture of him getting ready to buck the tree? That’s his measuring stick, and he uses it to measure log length prior to bucking. No need for a tape measure, and if he breaks it, he can make another with a branch. The logger marks the tree for bucking, then skids it to the landing and bucks it into logs. Marion Plywood buys the better quality logs, and most of the lower quality wood is being peddled to Amish mills or turned into firewood.