This is what a clearcut looks like a year after the fact. It’s not quite as scary as those “stop cutting the trees” campaigns imply, and we will replant this in longleaf pine. When done properly and on the right scale, a clearcut can be beneficial to many species of wildlife (game and non game) and we work hard to meet erosion control and clean water measures. For reference, this is 54 acres in a 25,000 acre forest.
It’s a little early in the year for beetles surveys. But we had the most southern line beetle activity in the state just a few miles from us last year. Some spots have already picked up in that area, so I wanted to look for anything new on us.
Compression falls, along the Elk River in North Carolina. A gorgeous waterfall that involves a bit of a dangerous hike down into the gorge. If you come, it’s worth it, but bring good shoes and water! And yes you can jump or slide off the falls and yes we did. Again, be very careful and make sure to test the water first for strong currents. DO NOT jump at high water levels after a rain.