I want to cut my timber, what rules do I need
to know about?
The first thing you should do is contact the North Carolina Forest Service
rangers located in Newton by calling 828-465-8443. The NCFS can assist
you in many ways. Prior to the timber sale you can receive information
including selecting a consultant, providing current timber buyer's listings,
and information regarding the Forest Practices Guidelines Related to Water
Quality. During the timber logging operation, foresters are available
if you have questions regarding streamside management zones (SMZ). After
the logging is finished, foresters can consult with you on site preparation
and replanting of your new forest.
Pollution Control Act of 1973 (SPCA), as amended through 1999, North
Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A Article 4; says that land disturbing
activity relating to forestry operations must be in accordance with Forest
Practice Guidelines Related to Water Quality. If not, there could be a
water quality violation.
113A-52.1. Forest Practice Guidelines.
Department shall adopt Forest Practice Guidelines Related to Water
Quality (best management practices). The adoption of Forest Practices
Guidelines Related to Water Quality under this section is subject
to the provisions of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.
land-disturbing activity undertaken on forestland for the production
and harvesting of timber and timber products is not conducted in accordance
with Forest Practice Guidelines Related to Water Quality, the provisions
of this Article shall apply to such activity and any related land-disturbing
activity on the tract.
the NC Department of Natural Resources, land Quality Section's web site,
The Mooresville Regional Office telephone is 704-663-1699.
do I help Wildlife in my back yard?
several types of wildlife that live in the area. Every day they struggle
to find food and shelter especially in highly developing areas like ours.
Some examples of wildlife that can take refuge in your backyard are:
There are many
zones that wildlife find home in including the soil, groundcover, shrubs,
flowers, and, of course, trees. You find these zones in your yard, and depending
on how you enhance these zones, will decide whether your backyard supports
Varieties of plants make the best habitats for wildlife. The mixture
Food Sources to Attract the Wildlife You Want
- Evergreen plants and trees for year-round cover and shelter
- Fruit or nut-bearing plants and trees provide a food source
- Hardwoods proved shelter and also leaves for ground cover and nesting
- Low-lying shrubs and flowers provide cover for smaller, ground-level
- Plant wildflowers and flowering shrubs to attract butterflies and
- Basking sites made out of a few rocks that warm in the morning sun,
can be a welcome invitation to butterflies, turtles, lizards, even ladybugs!!
Few yards can supply enough food all year long. By installing feeders and
setting out certain foods, you can attract different types of wildlife.
There are many
types of bird feeders. Some can hold birdseed and others hold suet. Putting
out foods like citrus fruit, chopped apples and bananas, and raisins will
also attract certain birds.
Feeder type and placement and the type of food can help deter unwanted species.
All species whether it be birds, butterflies, or deer need a source of water.
A shallow dish of water will provide water to wildlife. However, you can
purchase decorative bird-baths to accomplish the same.
There are many zones that wildlife find home in including the soil, groundcover,
shrubs, flowers, and, of course, trees. You find these zones in your yard,
and depending on how you enhance these zones, will decide whether your backyard
supports wildlife habitats.
The Birds Who Eat Them:
Sparrows, Juncoes, Not well-liked by squirrels
Sparrows, Juncoes, House Finches, Gold Finches, Pine Siskins, Not well-liked
Cracked Corn Kernels
Cardinals, Blue Jays
listed seeds can be blended to attract the birds you want. Mix them with
stale breadcrumbs, crushed popcorn, or crushed crackers for filler.
You can also purchase general bird seed mixes at local garden centers
and animal stores.
Suet is also a good food source, but be careful-- it may melt in the summer.
For Hummingbirds, Butterflies, or Bees:
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