Friday, August 15, 2014

Farmers Federation Tour

  Last Friday we were in Huntsville at the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Conference.  At this conference we were on the forestry tour which covered a wide range of topics and extended into Tennessee.  We visited a hardwood sawmill in Skyline, Alabama. 
The wood from this mill is used for flooring, pallets, and railroad cross ties. We then traveled to the
University of the South, here only 1500 students attend.
It is an Episcopalian sponsored college having lots of history.  We were able to go into the chapel, here were many historical artifacts.  You might ask, what does this have to do with forestry? 
This is a picture in the chapel of Gifford Pinchot, he is known as the "Father of Modern Forest Management".  He was instrumental in helping establish the forest and forestry program at this school. 
We did hear about some of the management they are doing there today but got run to the bus by lightning.
When we left here we returned to Alabama to visit a Treasure Forest.  After exiting the bus and getting on the far backside of the property it started to come a downpour.  When we got back to the bus there was no need to be in a hurry because we could not get any wetter than we were.

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