Trees of Life – Sandy Callaway Logging

“That’s a ninety-two model. Still works fine. You have to keep the cylinders packed on it, you know–it gets to leaking every now and then.” Sandy Callaway stands in the middle of a logging site and points to a behemoth piece of machinery known as the “knuckleboom.” It is white and orange and rust colored; … Read more…

The Narrow Path – Jim Griffith & The Junkyard Dawgs

One Georgia Bulldog football player’s triumphs on the field carry over to the woods “I went as a walk-on. And they had completely written me off after the first Fall.” Jim smiles wide with an expression that makes you think for a second he’s going to pat you on the shoulder. He is standing tall … Read more…

Reblogged: Biomass 101

When it comes to the environmental effects of cutting trees, make sure you get your facts straight. A new organization called Biomass 101 has formed with this principle in mind: The public should know the truth about trees. With a fierce eye toward certain misguided media outlets, this new coalition of major timber industry organizations, … Read more…

Quick Guide to Regional Timber Prices in Georgia

Are all regions created equal? No. At least not when it comes to timber in Georgia. The selling price for your timber varies greatly depending on where your trees grow. For instance, Pine Pulpwood in the Piedmont region sells on average $14 per ton less than it does in the Southeastern part of the state. Why … Read more…

Nukes, Trees, and Netanyahus

With all the controversy around Iran’s nuclear program, why aren’t America’s biggest timber players putting forth a much better deal? Wait, what’s happening with Iran? They want nuclear power plants. They say it’s not for making bombs, just keeping lightbulbs on. Nearly everyone in the world says, “Um, doubtful,” because of Iran’s shady reputation (see: state-sponsored … Read more…

Clearing the Trail with Envirothon

How the Georgia Envirothon is getting the next generation outside When he’s not journeying across America on foot, or riding a motorcycle, or competing in beard competitions, Josh Seehorn makes teens fall in love with nature. Actually, he does all those things at the same time. Seehorn, the Georgia-bred outdoor enthusiast whose expeditions on The … Read more…

Upgrading the Timber Industry: The Landowner

So you own trees and you’re ready to cash in on your investment–now what? The timber industry does things the old fashioned way, with handshakes and yellow book listings and advice from your great uncle Willis. But sometimes Willis passes on before he remembers to give you the name of his logger. And sometimes the … Read more…

How to Make Money from Owning Land

Owning land can feel like a heavy responsibility. But it doesn’t have to. Smart landowners know by instinct that there are more ways to make money from their land than they are taking advantage of, but figuring out how can be difficult. Google searches can be confusing; asking fellow land owning friends can produce conflicting … Read more…