Saturday, October 22, 2005
Welcome To Twig Forest
This is Twig Forest. Twig Forest is a 20 acre triangle of land. We joined forces with my brother and jointly invested in this project. The land is just down the road a few miles which makes it nice for exploratory walks.
A little history of Twig Forest.
1) The Name, Twig Forest: There is no history here, I made it up. My brother may not even like it and may tell me to stop calling it by that silly name. If so, I will, but he's pretty easy going.
2) The trees: Most of Twig Forest is covered in rows of densely planted pine trees, a major crop in our region. The pines are about 12 years old, based on one or two that the surveyors cut down. They are not far from harvest age for pulpwood.
3) The terrain: Flat and low. It's what we call piney flatwoods down here. The understory is palmetto and gallberry. The ground is lightly mounded in long rows that the pines were planted on. There are a few intermittent wetland areas with some small cypress. These are pretty dry right now.
4) The wildlife: Mostly unknown since we have only owned it for about a week. I did get snorted at by a deer on a recent walk and there was plenty of evidence of feral hogs. Mostly it's an open book needing to be read.
In our "Big Bend" region of Florida, the planted pine is everywhere. Twig Forest was timbered (I assume) and replanted with pines back around 1993. I would rather see planted pines than houses and condo's, but a planted pine forest is not the most natural habitat for our native critters. The diversity of all types of life will be much lower on an acre of planted pines compared to a mixed Florida forest in it's natural, unmanaged state.
Still, they are trees and not concrete, and that is good.
We, the trilateral commission of Twig Forest...me, wifey, brother...have agreed to hold our joint venture for 5 years as a target. We could have turned around and sold it for a profit the day we closed the deal...CRAZY...but we are patient people.
In the meantime, it's a place to explore, manage, tweak, photograph, camp, hunt, plant collect, ride the gokart, and enjoy.
Try doing that with your stock portfolio.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:52 AM