Tending my Trees

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I hope most of you don’t need to read this but we need to talk about what to do if you had fire on your property in 2015.  Normally, taxpayers are only able to recover their investment in timber at the time of a harvest.  This is done through the use of depletion.  However, if you have a loss on your property, you can also reclaim some of that investment in the form of a casualty loss deduction.
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A special provision allows you to deduct up to $10,000 in reforestation expenditures per tax year, per qualified timber property.
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Debbie Clay shares her experience of managing her newly acquired woodlands.

Thirty miles down Highway 40, in southern Virginia, the land rolls gently with endless rows of emerald green crops. Billboards proclaim:
“Peanuts – whole sale and retail! Tourists welcome!”
“We’re not nuts, but we sell ‘em”
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Aesthetics and recreation are two of the leading reasons woodland owners designate for why they own forested property. After talking with some local Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Network members it is obvious that recreation is an important element of forest ownership for them. They are out in the woods doing everything from horseback riding to plant identification.
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Have you “dug around” to find out more about the soils that hold the roots and provide nutrients for the plants on your property?
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On Wednesday, March 25, the Forest Guild led a workshop for women woodland owners in York County, Maine. The workshop was hosted by the Wells National Estuarine Reserve. Presenters included Amanda Mahaffey, northeast region director for the Forest Guild; Patty Cormier, a district forester for the Maine Forest Service, and Nancy Olmstead, invasive plant biologist for the Maine Natural Areas Program.
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If you’re considering harvest timber, rest assured there are resources to help you understand your options.
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An opinion piece by Amy Grotta after the November 2014 Oregon election on the GMO labeling. "Of course, the ballot measure had to do with food labeling, not trees, but it got me thinking that it might be worth looking at how GMOs relate to forestry."
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Leila Pinchot, Women and Their Woods graduate and PA landowner, writes about her family's property in Milford, PA where she and her father are working to reintroduce the American Chestnut to the Milford Experimental Forest.
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Christine Byl writes about place and our connection to land and the reasons why we labor rather than sit. Byl eloquently reflects on her chosen path of work: "If I felt my work aligned with damage and asphalt over trees and space, I would like to think I could never have done it this long."
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We need to celebrate trees and conserve the working forest. They are essential to us and our overall well-being. To celebrate them more fully, we wanted to help expand your knowledge of just what trees do, how they do it, and how they grow and thrive as they help us out.

Visit Penn State Natural Resources Extension's website to learn more about trees.
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Everyone I asked emphasized safety. Wives of loggers came up to me at church and asked if I was being safe. “Do you use chaps, eye protection, a hard hat, something for your ears, my dear?”
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Did you know forests make great water? Or that some forest soils can absorb over 15” of rain/hour compared to a lawn which can absorb only an inch or less of water/hour while pavement doesn’t absorb any rain at all?
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Tired of watching reruns on television? Check out this University of California Extension education series for woodland owners.
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Sat, Aug 27, 2016 - 9:00 am
until 4:00 pm
Where: Claremont Forest – at the intersection of 396th Dr SE and SE 53rd St, Snoqualmie, WA 

$25 per individual | $35 per couple | Student and Master Gardner discounts available
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Review of article on biochar use in the forest and in gardens. Researcher recommends burning woody debris.
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Thu, Sep 15, 2016 - 4:00 pm
until 2:00 pm
Where: Highlights Foundation Facility, Boyd's Mill, Milanville, PA

$200 includes three nights lodging, meals, snacks, and all workshop materials. Scholarships available. Applications are due August 1, 2016 and are available online at www.DelawareHighlands.org/watw. You do not need to own land to attend. 
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For owners of woodlands managed for timber production. There are several good reasons to harvest trees.