Forest Stand Improvement Practices Training in North Team
by Tim Albritton, State Staff Forester, NRCS, Auburn, AL
Forest stand improvement practices are not widely used as compared to site preparation and tree planting practiced throughout Alabama, so we like to promote them and highlight there use whenever we have the chance. In April 2013 the opportunity to review the forest stand improvement practices was the primary focus of a training event in Jackson County.
Tracy Cole, Jim Schrenkel, Tim Albritton, and Jeff Thurmond led the training event.
Jack McQuinn, Treasure Forest landowner in Jackson County helped to host the event on his property. Jim Schrenkel, who also use to work in the Jackson County area, was instrumental in lining up the field sites to visit.
The attendees visited thinned pine stands, hardwood planted sites, and patch clearcut hardwood sites, and more. Andrew Nix with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources discussed thinning plans on some wildlife management area plantations. Tim Albritton presented some information on live crown ratio and basal area measurements.
Everyone agreed that it is good to review and discuss these practices in the field and make sure the best recommendations are being made.
Everyone enjoyed the day in the field and gained a lot of useful information.
Plans are being made to hold similar training in the other NRCS team areas.