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The names of everyone who helped plant the new woodland is preserved in a book at Cockington Manor for all time.
I will plant one tree.. here in the next couple weeks! I love trees!
Kudos. I have taken saplings from areas that I knew they wouldn't survive and planted them on our property. I had to fight with my husband to plant trees in the open field we bought (and don't use), till he agreed let 1/5 "go wild". He is concerned about lowering the property value. I talked him into mowing no closer than five feet from the fence line that way the birds could deposit seeds from trees they like to eat. But after reading this I am going to plants some seeds and saplings around the fence to give them a one up. I shall also start carrying some seeds with me come early spring through summer. You have my word. Thank you for your encouragement. [^]
AndrewWe do plant hardwoods as well, but in fewer numbers. The hardwoods do better in the bottoms and wetter sites, the softwoods (especially the longleaf) are the climax trees in this area. Hardwoods are predominantly oak, maple and hickory.I've really enjoyed learning more about forest management. Long-range plans call for thinning the trees at around 12 to 15 years and again around 28 to 30 years, then selective cutting afterward, relying on mostly natural seeding to replenish the forests.My brother and I started doing this a bit of land at a time back in the early 90's, we now have several thousand acres under reforestation. We can produce enough income now from our past purchases to cover the cost of further land acquisition and reforestation.In the top picture, you can see another 400 acre plot we planted in 2001- the green swath under the ridge in the background. My kids, who will reap the benefits of our program, are all becoming good land stewards. We also take part in a local program that takes local school children out on field trips to educate them on the value of trees.My hat is off to you for your pocketful of acorns idea.
Way to go Karen, knew you would not let our planet down Quote from: Karen W. on 19/11/2007 12:46:26I will plant one tree.. here in the next couple weeks! I love trees!