Thursday, December 6, 2012

Multiple Use Forest and Prescribed Burnning

 Our forest is a multiple use forest.  What better way to use the forest, as our granddaughter would agree, than playing in the pine straw on a cool late fall day.

Another use of our forest is to provide a Christmas tree.  I went out and cut one this morning that was growing in our longleaf pines.

The tree is in the lodge waiting to be decorated. It smells so good, just like Christmas is supposed to. 

Last week the Alabama Forestry Commission put in firebreaks to burn this tract of two year old longleaf pines.  This is where I took the deer a week earlier.  We seem to get some good bucks in these young stands of longleaf pine for some reason.  This tract is to be burned next week.

Last week I burned under the loblolly pines at our home.  I got a good burn that cleaned up under the stand real well.  This was the second time this stand has been burned since they were thinned.  Having a water tank on the four-wheeler is a great tool when doing a prescribed burn.
Slowly backing off the firebreak
Cleaning up!
The last of the fire as it starts to burn together that evening.
The results: a clean stand and wildlife habitat that deer and turkey love.

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