It has been 25 years since we logged our property. It is time to harvest what we have managed for the last couple decades.
Half of our property is woods and very natural or perhaps I should say “wild”. We take walks through the woods or pick our way about on our ATVs to get around. Our woods are full of deer, turkeys, grouse, coyotes, and many other animals. You connect with nature because everything is untouched.
We were told to “manage” these woods every twenty to twenty-five years. That means you have to take trees out to make room for the young ones. It has been now about 25 years.
It was first discovered near Detroit in 2002. The EAB attacks our ash trees.
We had a look at our “mature” woods and found plenty of ashes. Of course we were not sure whether they were still healthy or on the verge of failing. The professional loggers we hired told us, that our ashes might be still okay but it was time to “harvest” them before it is too late. The DEC concurred.
And so the logging adventure began! It involved bringing in millions of dollars in huge equipment, cutting ‘roads’ through out the property, preserving stream beds, ancient trees, old foundations and history. Some of our harvest will be turned into firewood, but most will become furniture, tool handles and baseball bats. It was quite an adventure! Please watch the web page for a series about our project.