Invasive control season is here

If you have been working with us on an invasive control quote yet for 2018 and have yet to sign a work proposal, time is likely running out to get it on the calendar. We have finished a few small projects so far, and a couple of larger ones are well underway. We seem to have picked up more invasive work than we expected, and we want to make sure we have time to get it all done. The weather has been cooperating, and we have made good progress.

This also means we are in the woods every day for many hours, sometimes with poor cell phone reception, or dealing with noisy equipment. If you are trying to reach us, please be patient and leave a message and we will get back with you. We are also trying to make appointments for woodland inspections, particularly for those wanting timber sales in the fall.

Spring is here, let’s take a hike…

I know this winter has dragged on for many of us, but the spring peepers down the road at North Chain Lake are singing a different tune. It’s time to go out and look for those early spring wildflowers that appear and vanish in just a few days. Maybe you need to go stake out your favorite mushroom spots, or scout new prospects. It’s also time to evaluate your woodlands for exotic invasives and decide what areas you might want to tackle this year, because they always leaf out first. For many of you, it may be time to seriously consider if your woods is ready for a harvest and when you want to start that process. If you live in an area of sandy soils, spring is actually a great time to sell timber, and you can fetch a premium price just because your woods can be logged this time of year.

If you want some company on your next spring hike, feel free to give us a call!

Breakfast with a Forester in Warsaw

Many of you who own classified forests already receive notices about upcoming “Breakfast with a Forester” events in Northern Indiana. This has been a monthly tradition for many years, providing a casual, open forum to discuss forestry issues and questions. You’ll find district foresters, consulting foresters, industrial foresters, district conservationists, naturalists and others natural resource managers in attendance to field your questions and tell stories. We always meet from 8am to 10am Eastern time on the third Tuesday of the month, and it rotates between 4 locations throughout the year, this month is at the American Table restaurant in Warsaw, Indiana on February 20th (Tuesday). Woodland ownership is not required, anyone is welcome!

Welcome to Rooted IN Forestry!

We’re the consulting foresters you already know, under a new name. Andrew and I have been working together for many years at Wakeland Forestry Consultants. In 2018, we felt it was time to start our own business so we could pursue new opportunities. New technology and new challenges are changing the way forestry can and will be done in the near future. For instance, in 2018, the first sub-meter accuracy GPS units will be installed in smart phones, making accurate GPS use viable in dense wooded areas. Considering how little forestry has changed in the past, a future of drones, sensors and gps is like another world! We hope to be more nimble and adaptable to these changes, including a more active social media presence so we can better interact and serve our clients moving forward.
Our forests are healthy, but getting more difficult to manage as woodlots get divided into smaller acreages and invasive species take over the understory. This means we have to step up to the challenge to protect the forests like generations of foresters before us. We hope you’ll consider working with us in the future and look forward to your call!