To provide our experience and resources to help grow our forests and preserve our planet.
A short time ago we set out to find a place where we could camp with our RV but we found more - a lot more - we found a forest on a hill.
When you walk among the forest, you suddenly become aware of a living organism of great age. There's peace in that but it comes with a price. You begin to understand that now you have been given a direct responsibility of helping to take care of this living organism that sustains all of us.
So, we will devote these pages to what we learn about the trees we have become privileged to walk among and what we are doing to sustain them.
Someone forgot to mention or maybe didn't remember, that I was against taking the RV up that mud slide of a road. I took all five dogs out of the RV, got all tangled up in their leashes, and waited on the property across the street because I was afraid the RV was going to tip over and come sliding down the “road.” I wanted to be as far away as possible.
One of the features of our property, which helped us make a decision about whether or not to purchase it, was that it already had a roughed-in driveway and culvert. Most vacant property we looked at did not and, unless you want to just admire your property from the road, you definitely need vehicular access and possibly a culvert if you need to ford a ditch. Many public roads have drainage ditches so it's not uncommon to need one. Having had the experience of jumping across ditches into a thorny patches of wild roses to look at a possible purchase, I can say firsthand that having one already put in is a major plus when looking to purchase vacant land. Needless to say, if you need to put one in, it will add to the cost of your purchase and delay your enjoyment of it.
One of the first things we learned about when we purchased our property was the importance of joining a forest association.
You can learn a lot about the proper way to manage your forest by joining the local organization in your state. Many of them publish newsletters, conduct seminars and other informational gatherings and are a generally good source of information about managing your forest in a sustainable and healthy way.
Recently, I found out that not everything is perfect in many forests in many States in the U.S. An evil, green menace, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across much of the northern part of the country from Michigan to New York and as far south as Tennessee. States include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and in parts of Canada. (See photo.) This destructive monster is just a little thing, as small as a penny.
Richard and I were surprised when we realized we had bought a forest. Yes, we both saw the words, "WOODED" on a large section of the property's survey map but what did we know with one of us raised in the city and the other in the suburbs. Our forest was the first piece of property we called about when we started looking for land within our price range and within a 2 - 3 hour driving radius from our home.
There's a time for everything and 2011 is the time for forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. The purpose is to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Considering how important forests are to the Earth, I'd say it's about time. You can get information about what the UN is doing here http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/.