OM Sanctuary – Sequestering Carbon at the Edge of Town

OM Sanctuary – Sequestering Carbon at the Edge of Town

EcoForesters is assessing the total amount of carbon stored, both above and below ground, on the 42 acres of forest under permanent conservation easement on the OM Sanctuary property located just across the river west of UNC Asheville. Since this forest was planned for development prior to being conserved by OM Sanctuary, all of the carbon …

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American Ginseng: Sacred Plant of the Appalachians

American Ginseng: Sacred Plant of the Appalachians

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) is a naturally occurring perennial herbaceous plant found growing in hardwood forests throughout the eastern half of North America. It can be found naturally from southern Canada to central Alabama and from the east coast to just west of the Mississippi River. Historically it has been found in portions of 34 …

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Removal of the Fittest: The Dangers of High-Grading

A primary rule of sustainable forestry is DO NOT “high-grade” your forest.  High grading is the selective cutting of only the most valuable (i.e. biggest and best quality) merchantable tree species.  This is often done as a “diameter-limit cut”, in which all the well-formed stems of commercial species greater than a certain diameter (i.e. usually …

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