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Proper Hearing Protection for a Forester - Determining if Your Hearing Protection is Adequate 

Hearing Protection for Foresters

Professional foresters are not strangers to exposure from high noise levels.  In fact, the chainsaw is one of the loudest small engine machines in the workforce.  Even without the chainsaw foresters are still using blowers, brush cutters, pumper units, and wood chippers.  Earmuffs and earplugs are common on job sites, but it is important to know that just by using these devices your hearing is not necessarily fully protected.  There are three things that you need to know in order to definitively determine that your hearing protection is adequate.  They are the decibel level of your machine, the Noise Reduction Rating of your PPE, how to calculate the correct NRR, and how to...

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The Great Snag of Green Earth's Fernlands

Red Oak Snag or Den Tree

Many of you are familiar with sign post #10 at Green Earth’s Fernlands preserve. It marks the mighty and dead red oak tree.  These trees are called snags, and sometimes den trees if their cavities are inhabited by an animal other than an insect.  Snags provide support to wildlife and the ecosystem in many ways, and they provide..... 

 

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Mill Creek Forest Stand Improvement and Invasive Species Project - A Narrative and Pictoral Review

Mill Creek Forest Stand Improvement and Invasive Species Control

Long Forestry completed a forest stand improvement and invasive species control on the entire 100 acre preserve fall 2014 - spring 2015 season. The project goals were to re-establish the oak/hickory upland and to eliminate or control bush honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, autumn olive, tree of heaven, and Japanese honeysuckle. To protect the diverse and high quality attributes of Mill Creek....

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Introduction to Calculating Timber Basis

Long Forestry Consulting a Landowner

A consulting forester is a major financial asset to forest land owners.  In addition to helping forest land owners save on property taxes, acquire cost share funds to help manage their property, and to substantially increase timber sale revenue, consultants also help reduce the gross taxable gain following a timber sale.  They do this by establishing a timber basis for the landowner at the time of purchase.  Failure of a landowner to establish their timber basis can result in a very costly error in the future.....

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Partners in the Harvesting Process - The Timber Harvest Supply Chain

Standing Timber

In the timber harvest supply chain the harvesting of timber requires planning and colaboration between several key contributors. These individuals and organizations must work together to insure that the land is cared for, the landowner's needs are met, and the timber is processed properly. A succesful harvest provides.....

 

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Top 10 Advantages to Using Long Forestry for Your Timber Sale

Harvested Logs on the Landing

1.    Increased revenue from timber sales

·         Landowners earn an average of 27% and up in additional revenue from a timber sale when it is conducted by a consulting forester

·         The sealed bid approach increases competition and demands premium prices for your timber

2.    A certified forester looking out for you and your families interest......

 

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Long Forestry and VMC make an Appearance on WDBX Community Radio

LFC's co-founder and president Chris Long appeared on WDBX's "Talk of the Town" on May 11.  The radio show is a part of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce's extensive line of offerings to promote local businesses in the area.  Chris discussed the opening of VMC, a secondary business of Long Forestry that provides bare ground and right of way weed control to industry and infrasturcture...

 

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To Remove or Save Your Ash Tree - the Emerald Ash Borer

With the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer in southern Illinois many homeowners and landowners are left with questions as to what to do with the ash trees in their yards or woodlots.  Below are some general rules of thumb that are followed when deciding to either save the ash tree with insecticide treatments or to have the tree removed. 

First there are certain trees that shouldn’t or cannot be saved by insecticide injection.....

 

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America's Sustainable Forests

Consulting Forester with Prism

Did you know that one of Earth’s most sustainable and available timber supplies is right here in the United States?  In fact, according to ForestAmerica.org the United States has 20% more trees today than it did when we first celebrated the first Earth Day more than 40 years ago.  Another fact that we backed up with the Society of American Foresters is that the amount of forested land in the United States has remained constant over the last century at 755 million acres.  We are also growing more trees than we are harvesting as the amount of wood volume...

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The Difference betweeen Oak Seedlings and Advanced Oak Regeneration

Oak Seedling

It takes a lot of effort, planning, and management to properly regenerate oak species.  There are multiple reasons for this, and it primarily comes down to the basic physiology of how oak seedlings develop early on in life.

Oaks are drought tolerant.  One reason for this is because oaks spend a lot of time when they are young growing their root systems.  In fact, during the first few years of life, they put most of their resources into developing their root systems.  That is why oaks are considered slow growers.  But in reality, they are not growing slow, they are just growing down.

Developing this root system is critical to the future survivability of oaks.  One way they develop this root system is through being top killed or browsed.  When an oak seedling is top killed via a fire, they are not literally killed.  At the root collar are adventitious buds that resprout when an oak is top killed.  After a fire rolls over an oak.....

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The 5 Most Important Things a Landowner can do on Their Property

#1  Get a certified forest management plan

  • Locks in lowest possible property tax rate
  • Qualifies landowners for free money to help improve their property
  • Helps landowners make informed decisions on how to manage their property
  • Educates landowners on what resources are present and why management is....

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Proper Ear Protection for a Forester - Determining if Your Hearing Protection is Adequate 

Hearing Protection for Foresters

Professional foresters are not strangers to exposure from high noise levels.  In fact, the chainsaw is one of the loudest small engine machines in the workforce.  Even without the chainsaw foresters are still using blowers, brush cutters, pumper units, and wood chippers.  Earmuffs and earplugs are common on job sites, but it is important to know that just by using these devices your hearing is not necessarily fully protected.  There are three things that you need to know in order to definitively determine that your hearing protection is adequate.  They are the decibel level of your machine, the Noise Reduction Rating of your PPE, how to calculate the correct NRR, and how to...

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