When Tim Mahan, owner of Southern Forestry, Inc., was honored as FRA’s 2013 Southcentral Region Outstanding Logger, certain key phrases kept coming up over and over again by those who were familiar with Tim’s timber harvesting operation:
Most individuals connected to forestry know about the historical demise of the American chestnut, once considered the king tree of the eastern forest. Most are also aware of the long-term research and slow progress being made toward developing timber-quality chestnut trees.
Over the last few years, new “solar farms” have been cropping up in parts of North Carolina and now eastern Virginia. I have observed forestland being clearcut and replaced with the solar panel installations. Agricultural land is also being taken out of production to install the solar panels.
It is always a hit with FRA regional members when two regions come together for a joint meeting. Last October’s Joint Southeastern and Southcentral Region Policy Committee Meeting, combined with a Southwide Forest Products Security Group Meeting, was no exception.