120 new acres

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Mon Oct 6 16:46:40 EST 1997

Jostnix wrote:
> Don't know about the Socialist States of New England (grin),  but there
> are ten procurement foresters and "wood buyers" for every consultant or
> service forester in the South and the ratio is expanding with cuts to state
> agencies.  And who do you think the landowner sees first?

Perhaps heavier ration over here in the west of the south, Texas.  My
county is probably running 50 to 1 ( I is the onliest one).
> The service forester/consultant gets the property after the sale.
> Sometimes you just want to throw up your hands.  I qualify this by saying
> that there are wood buying foresters you can well trust your timber to.  In
> Alabama they are accountable through the registeration process.  But you
> better be damn sure...

Same here, yet we occaisionally do get to do the job right.  Just off
the first day of marking a tract for a Trust.  Marked about 150,000
board feet (Doyle, FC80) for a very good day for my childrens mothers
husband.  We are leaving a very good stand, even with a fairly heavy cut
(average 347 bd ft to the tree).  A buyer for companies or one of our
wood buyers (timber pimps in Texan) would have diameter cut and left a
stump orchard.

The only problem on the job so far is the herd of boar that ran though
our little task force about day light, and kept us would up for a few
hours.  Certainly can mark a lot of timber when running on adrenalyn.
Don Staples

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