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Metcalfe Co. SCD Forestry Award winner: Bill Lagermann
Lagermann eliminates over 6,000 invasive trees in his forest land to let more sunshine and nutrients reach "good" trees like oak, hickory, walnut and others
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Bill Lagermann owner of Red Lick Ranch in rural Metcalfe County was presented with the 2017 Metcalfe County Soil Conservation District, Forestry Award.
Brian Boone, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Conservationist, stated, "This project was a six-year project that involved over 270 acres of forest. Bill Lagermann did the majority of the work himself."
Bill estimated that he eliminated over 6,000 trees manually (by girdling, spraying and chainsaw) over the six-year period. The project started by having a professional forester inspect the land and mark the individual trees that needed to be removed by either cutting down, spraying with a chemical, or girdling and then spraying with a chemical.
Bill would cut each tree or spray as required as directed by Forester Mark Wiedewitsch or Tammy Rogers.
The final step was to have the forester inspect each tree to make sure they properly cut or sprayed.
The main purpose of this program is to remove invasive trees that restrict the growth of "good" trees like oak, hickory, walnut and others.
Once the process is completed, the growth of the good trees actually increases because they get more sunlight and nutrients from the soil.
Bill stated that it was hard work, but he can really see the difference over time with the quality of all the trees that remain on his tree farm. If you are interested in signing up for this program, you can contact the USDA office in your county.
This story was posted on 2017-12-20 10:32:08
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