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2018 in Review

Forest Management Plans

DRPforestry had a prosperous year in 2018. The  biggest projects involved all kinds of Management Plans, from simple (tax plans) to the complex (government cost-share plans). Timber harvesting jobs also kept me busy. Together these two took up nearly 35 percent of the time and involved 16 clients.

Herbicide spraying took up additional time. That added six more clients.

Trespass Tree Stump

Collecting data and writing the report to assist with resolving a timber trespass is a unique skill that that DRPforestry provides. The six projects during 2018 ranged from one acre to 100 acres making for very interesting analyses. Sometimes I feel like a detective.

Timber trespass is always a challenge. When trees are cut inadvertently or stolen, one must determine the timber volume and value using only the number and size of the stumps. If the trees are small with no current value it makes the job even more challenging. Then the total value must be estimated using the cost of planting the tree and compounding it forward to today. Or alternatively, estimating the harvest value and discounting it back to the present.

Cruising Timber

Other projects completed included property line maintenance, administration of fire hazard reduction projects, tree planting, timber cruising, and selling blister rust resistant white pine seed.

If you have an a forestry task that requires some outside help, check on the Services tab to see if I can help you. If so, send an email through the Contact tab and I will consider your request.

2 year old seedling

Biofuels

1 year old hybrid poplar

Developing biofuels from poplar trees can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere compared to burning fossil fuels.  Poplar trees take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store carbon in their stems, branches, and roots.  When poplar biomass is converted to fuel and that fuel is then burned for energy, the stored carbon is released into the atmosphere.  Meanwhile, the trees grow back after harvest and begin to re-capture the carbon back from the atmosphere.  Although the current low price of oil discourages the manufacture of biofuels, there is still potential for extracting other valuable chemicals from the cellulose in wood. Read more and more