Forestry consultant: Glen Oaks trees aging – News – Sturgis Journal – Sturgis, MI

A forestry management presentation was the focus topic of a meeting Thursday of the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees.

A forestry management presentation was the focus topic of a meeting Thursday of the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees.
Chuck Frisbie, director of institutional innovation for Glen Oaks, introduced Mark Janke to speak about the subject.
Janke, a consulting forester, had visited the college in June.
“He has some impressions of our trees and what we have right now and maybe some ideas moving forward,” Frisbie said. “Also, he wants to talk about what a consulting forester would do.”
Janke said he works primarily for private forest land owners, assisting them with the management of their forests.
“My impression, much of the forest (at Glen Oaks) is fairly old and has not had much management, if any, for a long duration of time,” Janke said. “As a result, it’s not a real healthy forest, from the standpoint of new growth and regeneration.”
Janke said many trees need sunlight to regenerate. When the canopy is closed, you get to a point when the condition is overstocked, he said.
“The productivity of the woods goes down and you start losing trees and actually losing value of the forest,” Janke said.
Janke then spoke of timber sales.
“In my opinion, it’s been a long, long time since anything has been done in your forest,” he said. “As a result, there’s some good value trees there. There’s also a very bright future if things are done in a sustainable way.”
Janke said GOCC is blessed to have a lot of oak trees.
“But they do have a life expectancy, too,” he said. “In some cases, there’s some significant deterioration going on that can even be safety hazards if left untreated. Many of those trees can be sold. And that would reduce some of the risk and help to get a value of those trees that is the best market value. And at the same…

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