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Forest Diseases in the Southeastern United States

On an annual basis diseases “take” more timber in the United States than companies harvest.
Disease is a disorder or abnormal growth that destroys the usefulness of the product.
Disease can be either Abiotic – nonliving disorders …

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Prescribed Fire – Management Minute Video

Why should you consider fire as a management tool?  Learn more from Alabama Extension professional Jordan Graves.

Graves is an Alabama Extension Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Regional Extension Agent located in Lee Co…

1 min read

Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

Silvopasture is a management system that combines the production of trees, forage, and livestock. It requires knowledge and intense management of all three components and, for that reason, can be a daunting task. For many farmers, howev…

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Silvopasture: An Opportunity for Additional Income from Your Forestland

Take a minute to think about why you own land. Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren? For outdoor recreation? Because you enjoy the beauty of nature? Is it part of your farm? 

If you answered yes to one or more of these qu…

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Landowners and Forest Inventories: Frequently Asked Questions

Assume you just purchased a new car and have decided to sell your old vehicle yourself. What is the first thing you would do? You would determine the value of the vehicle and a reasonable sales price, right?

Most people wouldn’t dre…

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Improve Lighting to Enhance Forest Habitat – Management Minute Video

How opening up your forest can benefit your deer herd.

Jordan Graves is an Alabama Extension Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Regional Extension Agent located in Lee County. He helps Alabama’s citizens make informed fore…

1 min read

Taking Soil Samples – Management Minute Video

We depend on soils to grow our food, but they also support the natural systems that we count on to produce forest and wildlife resources.  Soils impact forestland productivity, and can determine if certain plants and animals grow and thriv…

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Milling Dimensions: Characteristics of Portable Sawmill Owners and Operators

Landowners harvest trees from their property for many reasons. Often this is done as part of a regularly scheduled timber harvest such as a thinning or final harvest. But there are times when cutting older trees in a small area to impro…

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Harvesting Pine Straw for Profit: Questions Landowners Should Ask Themselves

Production of nontimber forest products such as pine straw can be a good way for forestland owners to earn an income, especially when traditional timber markets are down. Pine straw consists of the needles that fall from pine trees. Fre…

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Benefits & Drawbacks to Variable-Radius Plots

For an accurate and cost-effective assessment, a forest inventory method should match the conditions of the forest stand. Variable-radius plot sampling is commonly used in the southeastern United States because it is viewed as quick and e…

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