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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1976 PAGE 9 1 Conservation News by W. F. Patterson growing should be a crop such as peanuts or any row crop. difference is that it es a longer period be- Therefore, land has to be man- the sameas any realize the most neglect in forest man- which is of most ira- in Covington County fact that many of our are overcrowded. If is too crowded the do not have enough room .nd they become stag- and eventually trees will shade others. In other words, Nature will thin the but it is very costly in One is the fact landowner does not anything for those die and second, the to face a gunfight once more process of thinning from nature is so slow that the growth has been retarded which means it requires longer to reach the harvest stage. The best rule of thumb to use on determining when to thin is if the crown, which would be that part of the tree with green needles, is one- third or less of the totalheight of the tree, it is time to thin. Another problem is that much of our forest land has too few trees to make timber production profitable. Some areas do not have any trees of commercial importance. Those areas along with the understocked areas should. be cut and planted. The ASCS office has forestry assistance programs, which would help reforest these type areas. Any good land manager should take advantage of the assistance and put all of his idle land into production. If you wish assistance on forest management contact the Soil Conservation Service of- fice and make arrangements for one of the competent in- dustry foresters to meet with you. P~ORE TIME. REN BAOtLL "" ,