I’ve mentioned many times that Jim and I frequently go out into our woods and do forest conservation. We did not always know what to do, and we are still learning, but it is easy enough to get started. There are so many benefits in doing so.
We first got exposed to the details of forest conservation about 10 years ago when my father bought 45 acres in Chillicothe, Ohio. It was reclaimed pastureland that had some nice mature forest and some low-lying scrubland.
My brother learned that there were free services that the government provided whereby a forester comes in and spends some time marking trees for culling that are either unhealthy or non-native and competing with native species. Additionally, the forester would cut vines that climb on the trees and apply herbicide to the stems. The vines are very destructive in that they eventually kill the tree by cutting off their ability to get light and create food.
I made sure I went around with him to learn all that I could. I have used that information on our property here in Sharps Chapel. The very first thing we started doing was cutting vines and wild rose bushes. That would be a good place for you to start, as well.
The TN Department of Agriculture has a similar program to help you manage your land in TN. The contact for Claiborne, Union Counties is:
Steve Roark, Area Forester
2178 Hwy 25 East, Suite 1,
Tazewell, TN 37879
If you have any land at all, we encourage you to learn more about developing your property to its fullest potential to conserve its natural beauty and meet your objectives. We find that the joy of working outside gives us exercise and slows our busy lifestyle down so that we actually can experience and enjoy the many aspects of nature that would otherwise get missed if we stayed only on the well-worth path.
Life is an Adventure!