- Manage the forest ecosystem and property for all attributes and opportunities of interest to the landowner. Including recreation, wildlife management, soil and water management, forest protection, timber products management, and other compatible conservation uses.
- Develop and maintain favorable food and cover conditions for game and other wildlife like songbirds.
- Use the Tree Farm as a backdrop for the education of others.
Original 40 acres purchased 1991 and began managing the property to meet the primary goal of wildlife habitat. The active management started with the advice of an Ohio Service Forester, Randy Clum, by creating some timber stand improvements via wildlife openings. This quickly blossomed into the realization of long term timber benefits gained from active forest management and its relationship with wildlife habitat.
Additional property purchased brought the total to 210 acres. The majority of this new property was previously high-graded in what amounts to a commercial clearcut using a portable sawmill around 1982. The problem is that many undesirable and poorly formed trees were left behind. Multiple disciplines and timber harvest techniques have been used since to deal with the variable terrain, species, and desired outcomes.
We are very active in ECOFA (East Central Ohio Forestry Association) and the local chapters of the Ruffed Grouse Society. Serving as officers for both organizations keeps me focused on landowner education. Holding joint field days with various speakers is a special treat for us; educating others interested in forest and wildlife management helped gain the title of Ohio 2004 tree farm of the year. We were one of 3 farms making the Regional Nomination that year. Being interviewed for the final 3 regional nominations was a great honor and a credit in itself of the great work and education of others.