As archery season approaches, it’s important that Pennsylvania hunters are on the look out for these signs of possible virus in your herd. Many hunters are familiar with CWD, chronic waste disease, but today, we are focusing on Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also referred to as EHD.
EHD is commonly found in whitetail deer and it can be deadly if not caught early and is commonly transmitted by gnats. The cycle begins by gnats/mosquitos hovering over shallow, warm creeks waiting for the next deer to drink. Then, they bite the deer and the following one after.
The most common signs that tell if your herd has EHD are the following.
1.) High fever
Deer will spend time near bodies of water but more importantly they will literally get in the water to lay and drink. You may see live deer in water trying to break their fever.
2.) Bad Odors
Bad odors are important to follow out in the woods- it may lead to dead deer floating in the water. Infected deer tend to cool their fevers, as mentioned above, and highly infected deer end up passing in the body of water.
3.) Blue Tongue
Infected deer loose the oxygen in their blood and it effects the color of their tongue. Blue tongue is the easiest sign to distinguish a healthy and unhealthy deer.
To date there has not been any cases reported where humans have been effecting by eating infected meat. So, long story short, yes, you can eat the meat, but I’d recommend to do so at your own risk.
If you do find a deer that is infected be sure to report the case. The commission encourages residents to call the Southeast Region office in Reading to report a dead, sick or injured deer.
Increasing your property value is important, but it can seem like a never-ending chore until you can actually get the results you’re looking for. There are many ways to increase the value of your land and to help, we’ve narrowed it down to one- selective marking and logging your trees.
What is logging? Logging is a term used in forestry that describes when trees or logs are moved from on property to primarily a sawmill.
When a forester marks your property for selective timber they are picking and choosing trees that are of most value to the lands’ long-term plan. Tree value is based on the diameter of the tree and the supply and demand of the market. But don’t worry- these are not the only requirement foresters look for when marking. A good forester is also looking for trees that are harming your property by absorbing the local nutrients and prohibiting the smaller trees to grow as well as many other factors like health of the forest and storm damage. Each property is different and therefore requiring each forestry plan to be unique.
Here are 3 benefits explaining why you should consider logging your land.
1. Increases the value of your property- Veteran trees have deep roots in the soil and require more nutrients to continue flourishing. This is great for the large trees but prohibits the succession of the habitat for new growth on the land. This is because there are fewer nutrients in the ground and they are blocking the sun and rain from giving the small trees the essentials for growth. By logging the mature trees it allows the growth of several others which will increase of value long term with higher valued trees.
2. Safety- Mother nature has a way of making her presence known. When she does make a visit there is no telling what damage she may do to the land. Logging trees increase the safety of the property by eliminating dead trees, or trees that may otherwise fall over from overgrowth killing those trees in its path. As a forester, they have an art of “painting” specific trees all while keeping in mind the logging process for a safe and precise tree placement and easy haul.
3. Provides essential everyday materials- The forestry industry has traditionally been given a bad reputation, however, one thing that is commonly forgotten are the products that are produced as a result of logging. Some of these products are wine corks, materials for tools, henna dye, rubber, paper for books, magazines, cereal boxes and more. Without trees, we simply can not live and that is why it is important they maintain or increase the health and quality of trees.
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For over 20 years, Woods & Wildlife Forestry has created unique, long-term partnerships with landowners and industry related businesses throughout Pennsylvania. These relationships ensure quality care can be given to every property.
1. As a seasoned forestry company, it’s Woods & Wildlife Forestry’s mission to improve wildlife, regrow healthy trees, make forests more resistant to pathogens, infestation, and damages by mother nature.
2. Your property will contain a higher timber sale value with Woods & Wildlife Forestry’s ongoing management program. In general, if managed properly, trees can be harvested every 10-15 years.
3. Woods & Wildlife Forestry’s rooted industry relationships ensure only the highest, quality, bidding logging company is in control of harvesting your property with care.
4. Woods & Wildlife Forestry can improve walking and hunting trails through proper harvesting techniques.
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Before You Meet with Woods & Wildlife Forestry:
1. Think about your goals for your land in the next 10-20 years. Wildlife? Money? Regrowth?
2. What is the main function of your property? Horse trails? Hunting/trapping?
3. Map your land. This helps as we walk through our consultation where landmarks are, i.e. streams, bridges, etc.
Recently, I was asked, “How much is my property worth” over the phone from a new customer. It’s the million dollar question and an answer to have as a property owner! The truth is, it’s complicated to know without physically walking through the property as there is no set X value per acre of trees. Trust me. This is in favor of the property owner as much as it is for the logging companies.
Forestry, like many other industries, fluctuates with supply in demand. From personal experience, I have seen timber on 1 acre worth over $4,000 and I have seen it worth $500. My point is, no property is too small. Every tree has value to you and to the environment. As your forester, it is my job to ensure your trees are properly taken care of, and you’re gaining what you want from your property – whether its wildlife, regrowth, money, etc.
If you have property and would like to know how much it is worth please give me a call today for a free assessment. I can be reached at 717-648-9963 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org