One of the many ecological problems with the farm was that there are a lot of steep hills that had previously been used for pasture  that maybe shouldn’t have been.  Last year, I mowed every inch of the farm I could with the tractor – about 150 acres.  I then met with our local forester, Dennis Anderson, and worked out with him what to plant on everything else.  We both agreed that white pine would be best for much of it – white pine grows GREAT in Floyd (witness some of the big WP trees we used to build the garages).  White pine can also act as a “pioneer species” around here, encouraging a true long-term mature hardwood forest to eventually develop on these steep hillsides, protecting the precious soil and providing more habitat for indigenous flora and fauna on the farm.

We hired a crew to plant these trees just about this time last year, and Dennis just now sent me pictures of them doing it.  Good job guys – thanks!  Thousands and thousands of trees planted.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Crew

Crew