The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Friday, January 27, 2017

The Best Forestry Video Ever?

This may be the single best forestry video I've ever seen. It conveys the sense of stewardship that most professional foresters share with so many forest landowners, and helps even non-landowners understand that forestry, well-done, is a commitment to the well-being of the land, those who live on it, and even those who just rely on it to be there, generations from now. Share it with your friends.

Timber Harvesting for Private Landowners from White Cliff Productions on Vimeo.

While this story was produced in Montana, most states have similar programs and resources. In Pennsylvania, here are some great places to get involved.

Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conferences

Pennsylvania Woodland Owners Associations by County

Pennsylvania Forests Web Seminars

Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry News and Events


Anonymous said...

Good video. I'm disappointed it seems to direct landowners directly to harvest before having developed a Forest Management Plan. Sam Breyfogle from Georgia

Anonymous said...

Chuck, Great video. Wisconsin has similar programs. I believe that the majority of Wisconsin's timber harvest is from privately owned forest lands.

Jerry Finch

Glen Dabney said...

Hi Chuck. It really was a good video but there are some wonderful resources for landowners not mentioned in the video. Consulting foresters are a great asset for private landowners especially those consultants who have made a commitment to a strong professional code of ethics and continuing education. Landowners need professionals that will represent the landowners needs without conflicts of interest. It's a huge conflict of interest to try to buy a landowners timber and represent the landowners needs and the forests needs at the same time. Just doesn't work. Check out Thanks...Glen