Project Narratives and Pictures

Tree Planting, Autumn Olive and Sericea Lespedeza Control - NRCS - Jasper County, IL

Long Forestry planted over 5,000 trees and treated over 200 acres of autumn olive in late 2015 on Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) permanent easement property in Jasper County, Illinois. The projects goal is to promote sustainable habitat in the river bottoms that are being re-converted from agricultural land to natural areas.  Long Forestry partnered with Dow Chemical to test a new high volume basal bark application technique on the autumn olive.  Half of the project was treated with basal bark while the other half was cut with chainsaws and the stumps treated. With the mature autumn olive gone the trees are under planted in their place. LFC will return in the spring to treat sericea lespedeza in the same areas.

LFC's Chris Long wrote an article about using high volume basal bark for the Illinois Forestry Association's 2016 Winter Newsletter.

Autumn olive treated with a high volume basal bark solution  Staged trees ready to plant  Containerized trees ready to plant


Bush Honeysuckle Control - Principia College - Elsah, IL

Long Forestry treated 50 acres of heavily infested bush honeysuckle at Principia College in the late fall of 2015. As part of the project LFC tested the use of mist blowers on heavy infestations of invasive plants. The mist blowers were used on the entire project as opposed to more traditional application methods using backpack sprayers or pumper units. Both Long Forestry and Principia College will use the data collected to improve their invasive species programs.

Large, old growth bush honeysuckle at Principia College  Mist blowers and PPE at Principia College  Mississippi River from Principia College


Invasive Species Control and Forest Stand Improvement - Lake Carlinville, IL

The Long Forestry crew provided forest stand improvement and invasive species control at Lake Carlinville in the Fall and Winter of 2015-2016.  The target invasive species included bush honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, and autumn olive, along with osage orange. The treatment areas included the interior of the woods and along the shoreline.  A variety of application methods were used on the invasive species, including foliar spraying, basal bark, stump treatments and girdling.  

The forest stand improvement aims to remove undesirable species like honey locust, osage orange, box elder, beech and maple, with the long term goal of promoting oak regeneration.

Lake Carlinville   Forest at Lake Carlinville  


250 Acre Invasive Species Treatment - Mark Twain National Forest - Eleven Point District

LFC was privileged to provide the final of 3 invasive species treatments on a project in the Mark Twain National Forest in mid August, 2015. The target species list was long and included sericia lespedeza, multi-flora rose, spotted knapweed, beefsteak, winter creeper, princess tree, Japanese honeysuckle, autumn olive, bull thistle, and a few others. The project easily passed inspection and we received high marks on the level of mortality and the minimal non-target species kill. Below are some pictures of the most common species of the project.

Sericia Lespedeza on the Mark Twain National Forest  Treated Sericia Lespedeza on the Mark Twain National Forest  Shiso (Beefsteak) on the Mark Twain National Forest  Treated Shiso (Beefsteak) on the Mark Twain National Forest  Treated Multi-flora Rose on the Mark Twain National Forest  Spotted Knapweed on the Mark Twain National Forest  


390 Acre Timber Stand Improvment - A Ducks Unlimited Funded Project

Ducks Unlimited awarded a nearly 400 acre TSI project in Oakwood Bottoms in the fall of 2014 and Long Forestry was honored to be chosen for the project.  Our crews systematically worked the 4 stands that made up the project area and reduced each stand to 60 basal area.  The focus of the project was to support the growth of food producing trees such as oak and hickory (called hard mast producers), while removing maple, elm ash, and box elder (called soft mast producers) to support the migratory duck populations that move through the area.   


Chainsaw maintenance in Oakwood Bottoms  Inspecting an ash tree in Oakwood Bottoms


Mill Creek Nature Reserve Restoration Project

Milll Creek is a high quality natural area located in southern Randolph county in Illinois. Currently owned by Heartland Conservancy, it contains several creek corridors with impressive bluffs that are almost canyon like in some areas. Long Forestry Consultation is performing forest stand improvement and invasive species control on the entire 100 acre preserve, with the goal of re-establishing the oak/hickory upland and eliminating bush honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, Autumn olive, Tree of Heaven, and Japanese honeysuckle.  Several methods are being used in the invasive part of the project to insure a succesful treatment and protection of native plants, including foliar spray, basal bark application, and hand pulling.

Mill Creek Nature Reserve Restoration Project  Thinned Stand at Mill Creek  LFC at Mill Creek Nature Reserve
See Long Forestry in Heartland's winter 2015 edition of their newsletter, "Commonfields."

Download a narrative and pictoral review of the project by clicking here - Mill Creek Project 2014-2015 -  You will learn about the scope of the project, the methods used, and the results.


Black Walnut Plantation Inventory

Long Forestry Consultation recently performed an inventory on several black walnut plantations in central Illinois for our one of our industry partners.  We recorded nearly 1,300 inventory plots that spanned 3 counties in central Illlinois.

Black Walnut Plantation


North Alabama Bend, South Dakota

In July of 2014 the LFC crew travelled to Vermillion, South Dakota to treat 131 acres of mature Russian Olive trees on the Missouri River for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The Russian Olive is often confused with the Autumn Olive found in southern Illionois, however the Russian Olive grows larger, resembles a tree more than a bush, and has more pronounced thorns. The LFC crew completed the project with a passing initial inspection and high regards from the COR. After the project was over the crew was able to stay an extra day to enjoy fishing and relaxing on the Missouri River.


Invasive Species, Russian Olive in South DakotaInvasive Species, Russian Olive in South Dakota


Oakwood Bottoms

From 2008 - 2014 Long Forestry has provided the United States Forest Service (USFS) with forest stand improvement and tree planting in the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir in the Shawnee National Forest. On this project LFC's goal was to re-establish oak regeneration within Oakwood Bottoms to support the wildlife found there by creating openings in the woods and underplanting both RPM trees and bare root seedlings. LFC has performed Forest Stand Improvement on over 1,000 acres in Oakwood and has planted thousands of oak trees. To learn more about Oakwood Bottoms and the role of Ducks Unlimited, Inc please follow this link to a DU article


Project Pin Oak in Oakwood BottomsForest stand improvement in Oakwood Bottoms


Corps of Engineers Site Prep and Tree Planting

In 2012 Long Forestry planted 1110 RPM trees and installed tree shelters around each one using oak stakes. The trees were planted as part of a mitigation project for the USACE.  

Site Prep Before PlantingRPM Trees with Shelters


Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

In late May of 2014 LFC traveled to Willmington, Illinois where they planted 25,000 plugs consisting of nearly 50 different varieties of grasses and forbs at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The majority of the plugs went directly into the prairie on restoration sites while 1/5 of the plugs were put into seed production beds. The project was completed on time and with high remarks by the inspecting COR.

Midewin National Tallgrass PrairiePlant house at Midewin Visitor's CenterCompleted restoration area - Sand Ridge

LFC crew planting plugs at MidewinPlanted seed production bed




LFC's Chris Long wrote an article about using high volume basal bark for the Illinois Forestry Association's 2016 Winter Newsletter. You can read the article here, starting on page 14.