Friday, December 06, 2013

Trees for Harvesting

The farm in Pangasinan that I am helping to manage is owned by the Millora Enterprises (Millent). After many years of continued spending, the firm wants to get some revenues. I started going there in 1992 and started planting a few hundred tree seedlings that year, assisted by the farm caretaker, Nong Endring Paragas.

Millent will sell the bigger trees for lumber . Prospective buyers of lumber will get the necessary permits from the DENR in Dagupan City, shoulder the cost of cutting and harvesting the marketable trees, at least 6 inches diameter at breast height (dbh). There are 400+ trees in the farm that have attained this minimum size, mostly mahogany trees. 

As of this writing, one prospective buyer has already made an inventory of those trees, how many have 6 inches dbh, 8 inches dbh, up to 14 inches dbh. If other details are worked out between the buyer and Millent, and after the necessary permits from the DENR and the barangay are secured, harvesting of the bigger trees should start, maybe next month.

For every big tree there that is at least 6 inches dbh, there should be at least 10 more younger and smaller trees nearby that are waiting to be given the chance to get more sunlight, more minerals from the soil, more space, to grow bigger and taller too.

Trees just within 15 meters from my treehouse, the side near the creek.

One prospective buyer came to the farm a few weeks ago. Even if they have not initiated formal talks with the officers of Millent, they started marking the big trees with white paint for possible harvesting. That is a wrong approach. They should have talked to the officers of Millent first before making such move.

This area is about 25 meters or less from my treehouse.

This area is about 100 meters away from my treehouse.

Trees on the left side of my treehouse.

Photos above taken last Sunday, December 01, 2013.

See also:
Trees in the Farm, Part 3, February 11, 2013
Natural Regeneration of Trees, February 21, 2013
Around My Treehouse, May 02, 2013

Trees in the farm, Part 4, August 21, 2013

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