Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife

Basal Area: What It Means and How to Measure It

If you have had interactions with a forester before or read forestry-related articles, you probably have heard the term basal area mentioned at some point. For some reason, basal area has always seemed to be this mystical term that folks struggle with understanding what it is and why it’s important. In this article, we will […]

Tractors and Implements for Forest Landowners – Part 4 Vegetative Management

Image of a rotary cutter. Photo credit: Stephen Pohlman, Clemson University.

Our series’ first, second, and third articles covered tractor selection, ground contact implements, and property maintenance (see links at the bottom of the article). The fourth part will cover two primary vegetative management implements that the forest landowner should consider adding to their arsenal. The first implement for consideration is a rotary cutter, commonly referred […]

Glossary of Forestry Terms

      A Absentee Landowner – Landowners who do not live in the county in which their land is located. Acceptable Growing Stock (AGS) – Trees that are of good form, species, and quality and would be satisfactory as crop trees. Acid Soils – Soils with a pH value below 7.0. Pines grow well […]

Tractors and Implements for Forest Landowners – Part 2: Ground Contact Implements

Photo credit: Stephen Pohlman.

In the first part of our series, we covered tractors for forest landowners and discussed specific options and specifications before making a purchase ( ). In part 2, we will cover many of the common ground contact implements that forest landowners should have and some of the intended uses of such an implement. Some of […]

Tractors and Implements for Forest Landowners- Part 1: Tractors

You will want to make sure you have a vehicle and trailer capable of towing your tractor. Be sure to account for the weight of any implements you may tow as well. Photo credit: Stephen Pohlman, Clemson Extension.

As a forest landowner myself, I cannot imagine actively managing property without using the modern-day tractor. In the coming series of articles, I want to discuss the importance of tractor implements and how they can help you manage your property. But first, let’s discuss the tractor and the needs of the forest landowner. In this […]

Bleeding Orange …… Fusiform Rust

Fusiform Rust on main stem and limb of loblolly pine. Photo Credit: Jaime Pohlman, Clemson Extension.

Springtime usually holds much anticipation for the forest landowner as the outdoors wakes up once again. Usually, we are thrilled with nature’s beauty of dogwoods flowering under pine savannahs and wild azaleas blooming in hardwood river bottoms. Then, suddenly, our attention shifts toward our pines and the large swollen area of its trunk that has […]

Homemade Devices to Determine Basal Area

'In' Tree. Photo credit: Stephen Pohlman, Clemson Extension

When a forester is helping you make decisions on your property, the measurement of basal area is very important. Basal area is simply the cross-sectional square footage of standing timber. By knowing this measurement, a forester can determine how to work with the stand to best meet your objectives. Most foresters use a wedge prism […]

It’s Time to Get Privet Under Control

Chinese Privet Leaves. Photo courtesy of Chris Evans, University of Illinois,

It is time to get privet under control with a method that works in the late fall that most people can do! Glyphosate is a non-restricted-use product that can be found at local places and at an affordable price. It is a non-selective herbicide product, thus why we want to use this method in the […]