The #7 story of 2015 was: Confessions of a former tree hugger
Alan Walter refers to himself as a “tree hugger” when he first purchased his hilly, heavily wooded property in Harrison County. Since then, with all of the time Walter spent in the woods, he had plenty of opportunities to ponder his long-term objectives for the property. He wanted to manage the woods to produce big trees, improve water quality, stabilize the soil, increase wildlife and plant diversity, and improve the aesthetics. With these goals in mind, Walter found himself implementing management practices and making on-farm decisions that would have been unthinkable during his former “tree hugger” mindset.