Hardwood Flooring Doesn’t Grow Overnight
The Hickman family has long maintained a responsible stewardship ethic in the planning, management, and use of the forest’s resources today that will preserve our forests and ensure their continued benefits and values are here tomorrow. This stewardship requires committing land to forest, using proper silviculture in a holistic approach to timber management, aesthetics, wildlife management, and society.
Our parent company, the Hickman Lumber Company, will continue to use single tree and group selection to harvest. These silviculture systems maintain the aesthetics of the property and maintain shade intolerant species in the stands. They also produce multistoried stands and maintain diversity, providing food, cover, and habitat for many species of wildlife. Clearcutting will be used to salvage dead and dying trees and maintain brush stage habitat on the property. All species will be maintained in the stand to provide multiple benefits for society and the forest community. The Hickman Lumber Company maintains, and inspects annually, permanent growth plots to determine growth rates for the forestland they manage and enclosures to study the effects of harvesting on regeneration and other plant species. Unique, cultural (iron furnaces) and physical (vistas etc.) features will be protected by restricting harvesting in the vicinity. Threatened and endangered species will be protected by harvest timing, habitat protection, and the reduction of erosion and sedimentation.