- To manage the property for all the attributes and opportunities that exist in a forest ecosystem of interest to the landowner including recreation, wildlife management, soil and water management, forest protection, timber products management, and other compatible conservation uses.
- To develop and maintain favorable food and cover conditions for game and other wildlife.
- To use the Tree Farm as a backdrop for the education of others.
Scott purchased his original 40 acres of timber around 1991, and began managing the property to meet his primary goal of wildlife habitat. He began with the advice of the Service Forester, Randy Clum, by creating some wildlife openings. This blossomed into Scott’s realization of the benefits of forest management, and its relation to wildlife habitat.
Since that time, Scott has purchased additional property, bringing his current total to 210 acres. The majority of this property was high-graded in a commercial clearcut using a portable sawmill around 1982, prior to his purchase. The problem is that many undesirable species, and Scott has dealt with that in many ways.
He has performed several wildlife openings, as well as four clearcuts, totaling about 30 acres. While achieving his wildlife goals of ruffed grouse habitat, he is creating a new even-aged stand of forest.
Scott is very active in ECOFA and the Ruffed Grouse Society. He has served as President of both organizations, and has held many joint field days on his property to show those interested in forest management and wildlife management the benefits of managing for both. He became a certified Tree Farmer in 1999.
Scott and his wife Krista have two sons and a daughter, and they have involved them in the management of the property over the years. From hunting and fishing in the pond, to planting trees, maintaining trails and learning about forest management, they have grown an appreciation
for the Tree Farm, which should serve them well for many years to come.
In 2004 the Galloways and Burnt Ridge Tree Farm were the recipient of the Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Award and a great field day showcased the farm. They made the Regional Nomination and were inspected, but fell short of that award. To be interviewed for the regional nomination is
credit in itself of the great work and education they have done.