The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 3, 2013

Smoot’s Tree Farm designated for ‘Outstanding Forest Management’

— Smoot’s Tree Farm, located near Allingdale and Camden On Gauley, in Webster and Nicholas counties has been awarded the Designation of  “Outstanding Forest Management” for 2012 by the Elk Conservation District. The district includes, Webster, Nicholas and Braxton counties.

The (hardwood) tree farm has been under active management for the past 100 years. For the last 15 years, it has been a Certified Tree Farm by the American Tree Farm System.

Ralph Smoot has engaged consulting forester Nathan Kennedy of Buchannon, a state-approved forester, who has developed a “Forest Reserve Management Plan or (Stewardship Plan) in managing and maintaining the tree farm.

This plan recognizes the spiritual as well as the economic value of the forest and it must give valuable and lasting service to mankind. It includes a summary of timber types, sizes and amounts of volume on the property. It lists soil characteristics and growth rates, and suggests ways of manipulating the resource to provide for the owner’s priorities while assuring that the forest will stay healthy and grow rapidly.

Anyone with more than 10 acres of forest land can apply for help by calling your local Division of Forestry office.