Landowners have chance to learn the finer points of logging

January 24, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Landowners who want to cut trees on their property without creating a disaster area can learn how at a free program at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Agricultural Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

The topic, "Logging Aesthetics," may sound like an oxymoron, but Geoffrey T. Jones, a licensed professional forester and the program's featured speaker, says it's not.

"Timber harvesting under the best of circumstances is going to create a mess. But there are things people can do to minimize that mess," he says.

Mr. Jones is director of land management for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a private, nonprofit organization that owns and manages about 23,000 acres of land in tracts ranging from 4 to 4,000 acres.

Mr. Jones says he will discuss ways to cut timber with minimal impact on the environment.

He says the program can be helpful to large logging operations, landowners who want to cut trees on their property or who have had trees cut and been unhappy with the results.

Mr. Jones suggests, for example, that if a property owner has to cut trees to open a road into a logging area or wood lot, he should leave the stumps upright rather than bulldozing them over on their sides. If they are hardwoods, the stumps may sprout and grow, he says.

Wooded land owned by the New Hampshire society provides a wildlife habitat and is open to the public for recreation, in addition to being logged.

"What we try to do is demonstrate state-of-the-art timber management practices," Mr. Jones says.

He is the author of "A Guide to Logging Aesthetics," which will be on sale for $3 at the program.

The program is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension Service for Carroll County, the Westminster Tree Commission and the Forest Conservancy District Board.

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