Topics of Seasonal Interest
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Archive, USDA Forest Service, SRS, Bugwood.org

You can reduce the amount you pay in taxes following a timber harvest just by knowing and using your basis.

Image courtesy Jamie Knack

Use the small branches and tops for wildlife habitat rather than firewood.

Credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Just this past week, I saw a local florist advertising that they are now purchasing boughs (or branches from conifer trees). In fact, nationwide, the most frequently sold NTFP is boughs. The most common use for boughs is of course wreaths. Other uses include garland, floral arrangements and producing aromatic oils. Luckily for those of us in Wisconsin, the preferred tree species for wreaths is balsam fir (Abies balsamea) which is a very common species in the state.