Hard Labor of Love
Ted is now in the process of purchasing roughly half of the 6,000 acres, which have been
under family ownership for three generations. I felt like my parents had given me
enough, he said. I wanted to buy this fair and square. Thats forced me
to learn how to balance both wildlife and timber management. Ive had to set
short-term and long-term goals that require constant tending. Its a very tough way
to make a living. But I love it, and I wouldnt want to live anywhere else.
Genial and accommodating, Ted is exactly the kind of man youd like to have as a country neighbor. As a professional timber cruiser and broker, hes always willing to help out a friend or neighbor by estimating the value of their woodlands at no charge then arranging for the logging and sale.
we rode through the property in Teds 4-door pickup, he described some of the
techniques hes applying to the plantation. We do a lot of controlled
burning, he said, pointing toward a fresh carpet of greenery beneath the pines.
It helps all the wildlife. Quail, deer, turkey, everything. We burn and mow
different sections at different times so that we always have various stages of growth. To
make sure theres plenty of mast, we hand-plant several types of oaks along the
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