Woodland Owner Corner

J. Fiske jfiske at lightlink.com
Sun Jan 4 21:00:11 EST 1998

A little more grist for the mill ... I would like to note that it is
possible to be BOTH a forester (probably even an agroforester) and a
landowner. Since I am both, I would have to throw 1/2 of myself out of this
newsgroup? <G>

 Seriously, it would be sort of a shame to have to be in two separate
newsgroups to "cover the field" when one works well currently (at least
from my point of view).

I realize that I can't speak for the whole newsgroup, but I would be VERY
disappointed to see those who identify themselves as landowners split to
their own group. Without them, this group could become a rather stagnant
place (as the pastor in the old country church back home used to say "sort
of like preaching to the choir"!). And after all, this was the sort of
thing some of us really hoped and dreamed about the Internet doing for us;
providing a forum where folks of disparate background and experience could
come together to discuss the important issues of the day (in the case of
this group, related to forestry).

Just one man's opinion ...

Timothy Hunley <HUN60 at webtv.net> wrote in article
<68lp30$h11$1 at newsd-124.bryant.webtv.net>...
> I want to try out an idea on this discussion group.  
> I am a woodland owner and tree farmer in Northeastern Ohio and would
> like to see a "Woodland Owner Corner" or something similar set up on a
> separate site.  This area would permit landowners to permanently post
> detailed descriptions of their own lands and what forestry desires and
> designs they have.  Landowners could then see others with similar
> objectives and be encouraged to post also.  This, I think, can work well
> for any area of the country or have even world-wide appeal.  People
> usually grow trees within one or more areas of interest but lack support
> to do a good job.
> Each non-commercial, nonprofessional landowner has very specific desires
> and problems he needs help with and all share similar concerns such as :
> Land costs
> taxes
> marketing
> environmental use pressures
> estate planning
> easements
> encroachments 
> on and on.
> Professional help and information is available to satisfy most technical
> information needs and web sites such as http://forestry.miningco.com/
> gather this information into one usable storehouse.
> I've seen good independent ideas put into practice by private landowners
> that have changed or set new procedures in forest management on a local
> basis.  Private experimentation very often produces suprising results.
> American forestry is, after all, a young field compared to centuries of
> European professional forestry--they made major mistakes too.  Should
> this idea catch on, regional splinter groups could be formed and feed
> back to the master group.
> I can see in the near future, the internet being used by a greater cross
> section of our society 
> and forestry promoters should be ready for this.
> Participants can be as public or private as they wish and no pressure
> should be levied to reveal any personal information or identities.
> Hopefully most participants will make themselves available to others for
> communicating ideas and common interests.
> I am primarily interested in acquiring a response from private
> landowners.  If you would benefit from such a site, please respond to
> this.  A simple "yes, I am interested" will be greatly appreciated.
> Feel free to respond in greater detail if you like.  Any opinions and
> ideas are welcome.
> Please respond to me directly if you do not want to post to the group.
> HUN60 at webtv.net
> My 1 & 1/2 cents worth

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