Fire on the Mountain

Several weeks ago the NC Forest Service along with Brushy Mountain Volunteer Fire Department conducted a site preparation burn on a client’s land in the Brushy Mountains. The site was sprayed with herbicide in August. The fire was the final step in getting the site ready to plant. Before the fire. Wilkes County Assistant County Ranger Michael Crouse is conducting the pre-burn safety meeting. Michael is also the Fire Boss on this burn. Alleghany County Assistant County Ranger Russell Choate stringing fire with a drip torch. During the fire. Fire is out. Tree planting season is coming soon. #fire #prescribedburn #treeplanting #NorthCarolinaForestService #FireBoss #WilkesCountyRanger #Alleghany

The BTU's of Firewood

Scott Roland with Roland Brothers Logging helps load the firewood. Lisa’s Aunt and Uncle live in Laurel Springs on a farm and have always heated with wood. Several years ago they mentioned a concern about running out of firewood. I had a logger layout some dry red oak logs and I cut them up for firewood. I took the first pickup load up to Laurel Springs and Lisa’s Aunt took a quick look and made the comment “it’s not locust” and went back in the house. Her uncle took pity and me and said he would burn the red oak in his shop. Now as a red blooded Wilkes County native I am no stranger to cutting firewood, but most of my experience has been cutting wood for a fireplace where you are mostly con

Whiskey and White Oak

Tennessee Whiskey, Kentucky Bourbon, and White Oak Trees In the past decade there has been a nearly 40 percent growth in the sales of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey in the United Sates according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Export sales have also grown tremendously. What, you might ask does this have to do with white oak trees. By law, both bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey must be made from mash consisting of at least 51% corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. Due to the particular characteristics of white oak trees they are used almost exclusively for the barrel staves that form the barrels used to age bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. In hardwood trees, vessels are the pipelines that take

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