ATV Safety

Every year we hear about tragic accidents on ATV's.  Reaction is always mixed when discussing the use of these vehicles, but most will agree that with precaution, ATV's can provide a great deal of recreational pleasure and utility.  As we begin the summer, take time to read these simple safety tips: Mark Whitt from the University of West Virginia extension service states, “So often, ATV fatalities result from injuries that could have been prevented with proper training and gear,” Whitt said.  He believes by asking the following questions … [Read more...]

Windbreaks

Windbreaks are designed and can be beneficial for many reasons.  In certain parts of the country, there is little consideration given for a windbreak while in others it is an issue that is constantly front of mind.  I found it very interesting to learn about them and the reasons we need them.  The top reasons for creating a windbreak are: 1.  Conserve Energy - a well designed windbreak can reduce the amount of energy needed both in the winter and summer by as much as 20 - 40 percent.   2.  Control Snow - In many parts of the country, winter … [Read more...]

Rural Road Maintenance

While most land owners don't want to spend a lot of money on building roads, we don't want to spend a lot on road maintenance either.  According to an article published by the Auburn University Extension Service, rural road maintenance should be evaluated in four areas to minimize both time and money spent 1.  Road surface maintenance - This depends on whether the road surface consists of its native soil (typically dirt or sand) or if it has a layer of gravel or rock on it.  Dirt roads are usually adequate unless water and/or traffic over … [Read more...]

New England Forest Conservation

If you live in the New England area, this article should be of particular interest to you, but even if you don't, the article brings to mind what we should all be thinking about in our own backyard. Click here to read article … [Read more...]

Timberland Investment is a Hedge Against Inflation

Several weeks ago I wrote an article advocating timberland as a sure fire way to build wealth in any economic market.  Well, it appears that I'm not the only who is getting that message.  In a recent "Investment News" article, several executives at some of the largest investment firms in America were promoting the inclusion of "hard" assets in any investment portfolio.  Hard or "tangible" investments are just that.....investments that you can put your hands on, like gold, timberland, and farms. Hedge Against Inflation I spoke at length last … [Read more...]