Planted pine stand revisited

 As a young forester, it's hard to imagine planting a stand of trees and seeing them mature into large trees. I'm not at that point in my career...yet. I am over 15 years into my career as a forester though. I still have a few years until I see a stand that I planted harvested and replanted, but I'm halfway there. Like the Super Bowl, or Clint Eastwood's Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl, maybe it's my halftime. 

Yesterday, I had plans to meet a client up in Bartow County. Their property was impacted by a strong tornado that came through the area in April 2011. As I traveled to the property, I began going through an area that was vaguely familiar. I was near Plant Bowen, a Georgia Power plant. I interned for Georgia Power after I graduated from college back in 1996. As I continued down the highway, I passed Beasley Road. A light bulb went off in my head. I remembered that I oversaw a planting crew that planted a stand of loblolly pine in late 1996. I made a u-turn and went back to see the trees. This is the one of the first stands I can remember planting after college. I remember the first time I was out there, my boss (Wayne Stephens) pulled some poison ivy off of the vine, placed it in his mouth, and commenced to chewing on it. I was totally freaked out.

Seeing the Georgia Power planting site really brought back some memories. I'm glad I got a chance to stop by and check on trees. They are 15 years old now and will soon need a first thinning. I look forward to checking on them again in another 15 years (but I'll probably check back in sooner). 


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