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Re-building the Driveway and Clearing Some Land

Driveway

One of the features of our property, which helped us make a decision about whether or not to purchase it, was that it already had a roughed-in driveway and culvert. Most vacant property we looked at did not and, unless you want to just admire your property from the road, you definitely need vehicular access and possibly a culvert if you need to ford a ditch. Many public roads have drainage ditches so it's not uncommon to need one. Having had the experience of jumping across ditches into a thorny patches of wild roses to look at a possible purchase, I can say firsthand that having one already put in is a major plus when looking to purchase vacant land. Needless to say, if you need to put one in, it will add to the cost of your purchase and delay your enjoyment of it.

Join a Forestry Association

One of the first things we learned about when we purchased our property was the importance of joining a forest association.

You can learn a lot about the proper way to manage your forest by joining the local organization in your state. Many of them publish newsletters, conduct seminars and other informational gatherings and are a generally good source of information about managing your forest in a sustainable and healthy way.

The Terrible Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer

Recently, I found out that not everything is perfect in many forests in many States in the U.S. An evil, green menace, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across much of the northern part of the country from Michigan to New York and as far south as Tennessee. States include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and in parts of Canada. (See photo.) This destructive monster is just a little thing, as small as a penny.

2011 - Great Year for Forests

There's a time for everything and 2011 is the time for forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. The purpose is to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Considering how important forests are to the Earth, I'd say it's about time. You can get information about what the UN is doing here http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/.