Green Horizons

Volume 4, Number 2
Summer 1999

Tree farm news

The Missouri Tree Farm Committee has made a table-top display available to Tree Farmers in every Missouri Forestry Region. The displays, including the reproduction and enlargement of photographs of Tree Farmers in action, were made possible through a grant from the American Forest Foundation. Seven displays and seven sets of photographs have been sent to the regional forestry offices of the Missouri Department of Conservation for use by Tree Farmers, foresters and others who want to tell the Tree Farm story at local events. The photographs illustrate the major reasons why landowners manage their trees and why they participate in the Tree Farm Program.

John and Connie Johnson were named Missouri State Tree Farmer of the Year for 1999. Their Horse Creek Tree Farm in Stone County was first a pioneer Tree Farm in 1986, and was soon upgraded to a fully certified status. Multiple harvests, a bottom land walnut conversion and a shortleaf pine conversion are all projects that have been successfully undertaken. A second farm was recently certified in Webster County, bringing the managed forest acreage to about 1,100 acres. The Johnson's goal is to get the farms in a joint 110-year even-age rotation for the stands with a major harvest (and income) every 10 years in perpetuity.