Stone Branch, build it, they will come.

How many years have u been working on this George? I have to say, this is one of my favorite habitat threads on the web because of the depth of your timber management.

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Thanks Mark, I started working on my property in Ky in 2019. Things were greatly accelerated when my EQIP contract was finalized 11 months ago in July on the remaining 136 acres. The contract stipulates completing the work in 7 units over a period of 7 years, unit G being the last unit was to be finished in 2030. I'm a little ahead of schedule I will have all of the contracted work done in July, 1 year. The work that I have completed is really just the beginning of what needs to be done. The NRCS has more money that they need to give me and they already have me in the process of contracting me into the CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program) plan. Randall from the Ky Wildlife and Fish department is coming out this morning for a tour plan. He mentioned, for example creating 1 dead snag per acre, with 10,000 dead trees on my property that shouldn't be a problem. I see on the website that they can also teach me about prescribed burning. I think that I may end up being the poster child for returning fire onto the Ky landscape. The CSP is designed to be a further reward to landowners who have already done the EQIP work.

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Down along the cut

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and looking back up. The before and after photos in a year or two will be drastic, not a clear cut but more like a clear hack.

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I finished up the south slope to the bottom yesterday, 8 plus acres.

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Neighbor's food plots down on the other side of the creek.

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I didn't hack any trees on the other side of the creek, they'll continue to keep the creek cooler.

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