This Saturday morning friend Bob Boeren came over to help me with some Timber Stand Improvement projects. Bob, who has recently started a business, Ranger Bob's Forestry Services, (www.rangerbobsforest.webs.com) has long been a big help to me with habitat improvement projects.
This year, since I am recovering from Lyme Disease, I want to finish all my habitat projects before the end of March, since it was last April when I was bitten by a tick that caused me to come down with the affliction. Of course, I will be spring gobbler hunting in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, but I do want to limit my time afield as much as possible when the ticks become active.
Anyway, the best project that Bob and I completed was daylighting a white oak that was surrounded by red cedars. Bob said the oak would likely flourish now and might even produce acorns within a decade. That sounds like a long time, but in the long lifespan of a white oak, that is no time at all.
Bob also showed me how to better cut through downed logs and even helped with a magazine article I am doing on bowhunting for deer. All in all, it was a very productive day.