Managing an Existing Stand of Trees

If you are starting your forest or orchard management career with an existing stand of trees, the first thing to do is to get acquainted with them. What kind are they? What are their uses? You may choose to leave them exactly as is. Or, to do some tree weeding, taking out some in order to replace them with more needed ones, yet retaining a mixture of trees for many different purposes and products. Or you may want to take the existing trees out and start over, specializing and growing a plantation of all the same kind of tree. When you are planting a tree crop, you're usually planting for a maturity date or a market year one or more decades away, so think long-term.

Horse logging does the least environmental damage to big tracts. Read Work Horse Tales: Adventures in the Forests of Appalachia, by Anita G. Mannon, for glimpses of the life-style of folks working with draft horse partners in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains today: 888-795-4274; PO Box 689, Floyd, VA 24091; store.

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