Sunday, May 8
Tim and Betsy McKay have lived on their 150 acre property in Peacham for 44 years. Tim has actively managed the 110 acres of productive woodland over that time, including harvests of all sorts, much of which he has done himself with a small farm tractor and winch. As a custom woodworker Tim saws hardwood from the land on a small bandsaw mill for use in his furniture. He has grown Christmas trees for 45 years and the McKays have a small cut-your-own operation. We will look at a variety of habitats and management practices on the McKay property including balsam fir die-off, harvest, and regeneration; white pine issues including blister rust and weevil damage, regeneration, thinning, pruning, bunny habitat, and growing big, tall trees; ash inventory, mapping, monitoring, and harvest. Along the way we will dabble in forest forensics, looking for clues to how Mother Nature and human hands have affected the forest over the past 200 years. To register email email@example.com and Tim will send directions.