Larry Hickman has a special passion for timber management. He was born into the sawmill life and it’s all he has ever done for work his whole life. Along with working in the sawmill he has a great passion for the forest, trees, and nature of all sorts. He cuts down trees to provide for his family, but he’s also growing them at a much faster rate than they are being cut down.
He has a lifetime worth of knowledge that can’t be learned from reading a book. It’s from hours and hours over his 70 plus years of life that he has observed mother nature at work. He’s also learned how through treating the forest like a garden he can help mother nature grow healthier forests. Healthier for the environment and economically.
These trees sold today by Hickman Lumber for furniture, doors, building materials, etc. Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring uses this lumber for their flooring. Which is some of the best in all the world.
FSC certified in 1999. Hickman Lumber was the first in PA to be certified through the Rainforest alliance, but proper timber management was nothing new for the Hickman Family. This is how Larry, his father Harry Hickman, and son Dennis Hickman had been managing the forests for generations. Read details of Hickman Timber Management Plan. The difference after having the FSC certification we have more paperwork. There are some great #’s to prove proper timber management is great for hardwood regeneration! See below:
Here are some numbers to help understand the Timber Management results with the property in this video:
Location: Southern Venango County
Species: mixed hardwoods. Red Oak, Hickory, Maple, Beech,White Oak, among others.
Understanding the timber management numbers below: 1989: 716,930 Board Feet. Hickman Lumber harvested 219,630 of salvage and in 1990 the foresters surveyed the property and there was 497,300 board feet (BF) of standing trees. In eight years 100,000 bd ft. of growth happened and 70,000 bd ft. was cut. In 9 more years we had 154,800 bd ft. of growth. then we cut 146,000 Bd. ft. Leaving a total standing inventory of 760,900. In 17 years a total of 435,630 BF was cut and there is more standing timber after the harvests than was there in 1989.
1990 497,300 bd ft
1998 597,300 bd ft
2007 752,100 bd ft
Learn More about the History of FSC. — This is a great informative video made by the FSC.
We have Planted trees in other unique situations: Here’s some more information from previous blogs if you want to learn more.