As you drive through rural North Carolina, your first impression is that you are driving through native forests, but then you see something strange. From certain angles as you speed by, you realize all those trees are in rows! Tree farming apparently a huge business in this area!
It takes around 50 years for these pine trees to reach maturity. Talk about planning for the next generation! There are small financial incentives that produce income on a yearly basis such as CRP programs and the sale of pine needle straw, but the big payoff is rarely seen by the person who planted the trees to begin with.
On the way out to New Bern, there are fields in every stage of tree development. I thought you might want to see them.
This is a young tree farm. It is amazing that any of them grow with all the weeds around them. But there are lots out there!
As the trees start to mature (around 30 years) They drop their lower branches, making straight logs that logging companies love.
At around 50 years they are 80 – 100 ft tall with needles only at the very top.
The rows are then cut. The logs are hauled away and the tops are left on the ground.
I am not 100% sure of the time frame, but it looks to me like they let the tops decay a bit and then plant new trees among the old tops.
And the cycle starts again.
Do you have tree farms where you live? What types of trees are grown there?
God Bless You All!