Family Forest tour – SPC Advance 2015
SPC Advance attendees got the opportunity to tour a family-owned working forest in South Carolina on October 6th. Attendees learned about forest management practices aimed at sustaining a healthy and productive source of fiber while enjoying the outdoors.
SPC Tour: On-site at a working forest. This field trip shows the process of Loblolly pine management with discussion of the timber management process.
A typical management scenario for Loblolly pine would be to plant approximately six hundred (600) seedlings per acre after proper site preparation to include herbaceus weed control during the first growing season.
Expert forest manager and President of Milliken Forestry, Angus LaFaye, explaining timber management objectives at an 18 yeaer old Loblolly pine tract near Stoneboro in southern Lancaster County, SC.
18 year old Loblolly pine. The upland soil is Madison sandy clay loam. All harvesting, site preparation, road construction and other silvicultural practices are accomplished by following South Carolina Best Management Practices for Forestry (BMPs).
Turkey tracks! Successful forest management provides game and non-game habitat for hunting and viewing opportunities for the owners and tenants.
A first thinning will be made when trees reach an average height of forty-five feet (45′) and have a basal area (number of trees per acre) of one hundred twenty (120) or more.
Great place for an SPC meeting! Several knobs and high places the provide long range views have not been marked or developed. The hardwood areas provide significant biodiversity and recreational opportunities.
Maintaining the proper stocking levels (Trees/Acre and Basal Area) are very important to the health and growth of Loblolly pine stands.
Logs headed for the mill. A final harvest is usually made when the trees reach an average diameter at breast height (DBH) of fourteen inches (14″).
There are many opportunities to enhance wildlife habitat or both game and non-game species. Some of these activies include control burning, wildlife plantings, herbicide control of mid-story, and improving quality and improving creek areas.
Taking in the view.
Reforestation is a key goal of this timber management plan.
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