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Forest management is practiced widely every Saturday morning

Posted on: November 1st, 2019

When you mow your lawn, you are keeping your property in a grass-herbaceous state. When you stop mowing, your yard continues the process of recolonizing woody plants. Forestlands are the same. We humans take actions to manipulate the vegetative structure on the land and call it forest management. In the past, our forests were subject […]

TFS programs offered for qualified forest landowners

Posted on: September 6th, 2019

Funding and technical assistance for two important forest land management tools were released this week through Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) for qualified landowners. However, the timelines for applying are short, so you need to act fast. TFS is accepting grant applications to reimburse landowners for the costs of conducting prescribed burns on their property […]

Wishing you a very Happy Labor Day

Posted on: August 30th, 2019

Every achievement tells a story of someone’s efforts. The story of this country’s achievement has been written by the efforts of hard-working Americans. We celebrate Labor Day by recognizing the beauty and accomplishment in life that lies in working. Hard work never fades but lives in the individual success stories of Americans inspiring generations to […]

Robert Ogle Celebrates Four Years at Bird Forestry

Posted on: August 16th, 2019

Meet Bird Forestry Senior Forester Robert Ogle. The Ruston, Louisiana native will celebrate four years with the company on September 14. Robert’s prior experience includes working for Martin Timber as a Forester/GIS Analyst, for Weyerhaeuser as a Mid-Rotation Forester, and as Timber Sale Administrator for Bird Forestry. Before entering the forestry profession, he worked in […]

Hunting lease management offers many advantages

Posted on: August 2nd, 2019

Hunting lease management for landowners is one of many services Bird Forestry offers for property owners in Texas and Louisiana. Through our hunting lease management program, landowners enjoy not only a financial return, but also the added benefit of having someone look after the property during the year assisting with road maintenance and deterring trespass […]

Marking 40 years of service to forestland owners

Posted on: July 26th, 2019

Bird Forestry celebrates 40 years of service to forestland owners this year. As a part the anniversary celebrations planned, company employees, family and friends gathered at Minute Maid Park in Houston last Sunday to enjoy a Houston Astros and Texas Rangers baseball game. “Attending the game was a humbling day for Donna and me,” Mike […]

Ongoing training is part of the job

Posted on: July 19th, 2019

In-house training was underway at Bird Forestry recently when foresters engaged in conducting specific stem evaluations on felled trees for confirming inventory accuracy. Foresters Robert Ogle, Don Russell, Cheyenne Marksberry, Tyler Brady, Jered Rhodes, John Marksberry, and Mark Bird took part in the exercise. Ongoing training and staying up to date on forestland management practices are […]

Four AEEF scholarships awarded for 2019/2020 School Year

Posted on: July 12th, 2019

Four Advanced Ecology Education Fund, Inc., (AEEF) scholarships have been awarded to Texas and Louisiana college students for the 2019/2020 school year. Texas recipients include Jacob Locke and Jake Hill. Jacob attends Sul Ross State University in Alpine where he is studying Range and Wildlife Management with a focus on Big Game Restoration. Jake is […]

Honoring those who afford us freedom

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019

On July 4, we commemorate freedom with grateful hearts living in the one country that enjoys more freedom than any other on earth. We do so in a spirit of patriotism honoring the memory of those whose sacrifices have made it possible for us to live in a free America and by praying for those […]

Planning and preparation key to reforestation success

Posted on: June 28th, 2019

Reforestation, the process of renewal during which a new stand of trees is regenerated on a forest site, is an ongoing activity in a managed tract of land that requires careful planning and starting early. Planning and preparation for sites scheduled for reforestation in 2020 are already underway. Reforestation may be needed following a disturbance […]

Harvest and Regeneration of Trees Important for the U.S. Forest Industry

Posted on: June 21st, 2019

“A tremendous economic impact on the U.S. economy” is how one study for the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) by characterizes the effect of private, working forests. The natural conclusion noted by is the importance for harvest and subsequent regeneration of trees for the U.S. forest industry to keep forested lands forested. “How […]

At the center of everything at Bird Forestry

Posted on: June 14th, 2019

If it goes through Bird Forestry, it crosses Micah Youngblood’s desk. The Center office administrative assistant for the forestry operation of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. is celebrating five years with the company this year. “The best part of my job,” Micah said, “Is that I learn something new every day. That, and the people I work […]

Forest Service Waives Day-use Fees for National ‘Get Outdoors Day’

Posted on: June 7th, 2019

Looking for a place to go this weekend? How about getting outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature via the USDA Forest Service recreation sites at no charge? The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites Saturday, June 8, for “National Get Outdoors Day” to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. The […]

Forestry Associations do far more than many realize

Posted on: May 31st, 2019

What does your state forestry association do for you as a forestland owner? Texas Forestry Association (TFA), Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA), Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA) and Oklahoma Forestry Association (OFA) do far more than many landowners realize. Beyond simply promoting forestry within each state and the region, they also: • Develop public appreciation of the […]

Honoring our lost defenders of freedom

Posted on: May 24th, 2019

For every American citizen, Memorial Day is of great significance. Originally known as Decoration Day, it’s the day we honor those to whom we owe our freedom. The last Monday of May has been celebrated as Memorial Day since 1868 and is dedicated to the remembrance of service men and women who lost their lives […]

JoAnn Hill: cancer survivor and dragon boat athlete

Posted on: May 17th, 2019

When JoAnn Hill isn’t managing environmental impact solutions or forestland resources at MSUSA, you will likely find her working in the young adult cancer survivor community where she is a member of the Pink Phurree (all-female cancer survivor team) dragon boat racing team. Dragon boat athletes are all cancer survivors, many of them breast cancer […]

Shreveport administrative assistant celebrating 20 years

Posted on: May 10th, 2019

“I love my job at Bird Forestry,” was Carole Cunningham’s unsolicited statement as we were gathering information for her feature this week. Carole is the administrative assistant in the Bird Forestry Shreveport office. She will be celebrating 20 years in the forestry profession this October. Prior to that, she was a pediatric medical office manager […]

He was a biologist, mentor, champion, arbitrator, and advisor

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019

Former Advanced Ecology employee and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) retiree, Carl Frentress, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019. A native of Henderson County, Texas, Carl grew up in a family with farming traditions. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Korea where he told of witnessing a North Korean MIG […]

Best Management Practices Report Card

Posted on: April 26th, 2019

The Texas Forestry Service (TFS) monitors 150 randomly selected forest properties in East Texas to check compliance for Best Management Practices (BMPs). The information gathered in the program that has been conducted every three years for the past 30 years provides the state with data used to document compliance and prevent the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Wishing for you a joyous and blessed Easter

Posted on: April 19th, 2019

Best wishes to you and yours for this Easter holiday season of Springtime renewal and hope. May the beauty of the season warm your heart and bring peace and joy to your family. Easter is also a time to rejoice and be thankful, and we are truly thankful for each and every one of you — […]

East Texas region: “wood basket” of the nation

Posted on: April 12th, 2019

New building codes for the use of mass wood products continue to spell good news for Southern Pine forestland owners. According to Houston Chronicle writer, R.A. Schuetz, the revised building codes have the potential to transform both foresting communities and cityscapes. “We are very excited about it,” Schuetz’s story quotes Texas Forestry Association President Rob Hughes. […]

A fresh perspective on client relationships

Posted on: April 5th, 2019

(Note: Bird Forestry President and CEO J. Mike Bird penned some thoughts recently as a follow up to a company meeting in mid-March. We thought his notes not only expressed a prudent business philosophy but also offered some excellent insight into the company culture. Along those lines, we are sharing Mike’s thoughts as the Bird […]

Senior vice president serving forest landowners since 1978

Posted on: March 29th, 2019

Meet Mark Brian, another member of the Bird Forestry and Advanced Ecology team who has for many years played a role in helping forest landowners set and reach their individual land management goals. Bird Forestry’s Senior Vice President Mark Brian is a 1978 graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a bachelor […]

Focusing on excellent customer service

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019

Bird Forestry’s dedication to high-quality, science-based forest resource management services includes ongoing efforts to stay abreast of the latest methods and practices for the highest-quality service for all property management needs. Toward that goal, Bird Forestry employees met earlier this week at Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort near Yantis, Texas, for a conference that included a […]

When we are not managing forestland resources

Posted on: March 15th, 2019

What do members of the Bird Forestry and Advanced Ecology team do when we are not managing forestland resources for customers? For starters, some enjoy classic cars while some enjoy fishing. Terry McKenzie’s 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood captured the “Top Restored” award at the “Good Guys 9th Spring Lonestar Nationals” at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth […]

Eminent domain and right of entry to your property

Posted on: March 8th, 2019

‘Eminent Domain’ is everywhere in the news regarding everything from walls to trains to highways and public utilities. Understanding eminent domain and knowing what to do if your property is involved is important. Eminent domain laws may vary from state to state, but the right of eminent domain is vested only in specific entities. A […]

Tax law knowledge essential for land management goals

Posted on: March 1st, 2019

Keeping up with federal income tax laws that change every year, especially those that apply to timber, can be challenging. Plus, the new year is always a perfect time for reviewing property tax valuations. Answers and help are available from a number of sources. At Bird Forestry, guiding forestland owners toward the best answers for […]

Scholarships for 2019 are available

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019

Do you know someone who is enrolled in an earth sciences and/or resource management field of study? The Advanced Ecology Education Fund, Inc., (AEEF) is accepting applications for scholarships for the Fall of 2019. Bird Forestry and Advanced Ecology, Ltd. strongly believe that by nurturing and encouraging students to excel in the natural resource disciplines, we will further […]

Maintaining easements: prevention is easier than cure

Posted on: February 15th, 2019

By Mark Brian, ACF, RF Principal / Senior Vice President / Forester Bird Forestry Keeping property easements maintained and updated is vital to ensuring legal access to your property when needed. The majority of our East Texas and Louisiana forestland was a patchwork of small farms and ranches from the 1800s through World War I. […]

Meet the team: Introducing Mike Bird

Posted on: February 8th, 2019

Something new for the Bird Forestry “Latest News and Events” in 2019 will be a “Meet the Team” feature introducing a member of the Bird Forestry and Advanced Ecology team who plays a role in helping you reach your forestland resources goals. We’re starting with the team leader, the president, and CEO. Missouri native Mike […]

Wood Hi-Rises and Forestland Owners: Part 2

Posted on: February 1st, 2019

Multi-story buildings utilizing wood construction are good news for forest products being harvested from forestland we manage. That was the conclusion of our Bird Forestry “Latest News” message last week, “Wood Hi-Rises and Forestland Owners: Part 1” featuring the Jeff Spross interview in The Week magazine, “How to build a skyscraper out of wood” with […]

Wood Hi-Rises and Forestland Owners: Part 1

Posted on: January 25th, 2019

Since we first posed the question more than a year ago, “Can you guess the ‘newest’ construction material for hi-rise buildings,” announcements have continued regarding the use of wood as a construction material for multi-story buildings.  And that’s good news for the value of U.S. forestlands. A recent interview by Jeff Spross in The Week magazine, “How […]

New Arrival at Bird Forestry

Posted on: January 18th, 2019

Please join us in welcoming River Rose Marksberry to the Bird Forestry family. River Rose arrived Wednesday, January 9. She weighed 7.7 pounds and measured 19.5 inches in length. Proud parents, John and Cheyenne Marksberry are foresters and wildlife biologists at Bird Forestry where John is based at the Center, Texas, office and Cheyenne is […]

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Texas

Posted on: January 11th, 2019

Confirmation of the emerald ash borer in Tarrant County last December has heightened observation and investigation of the insect that is deadly to all species of ash trees. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports that there is no known stop to the epidemic of insects that has been making its way south for some time. […]

The “Latest News” Top Readership List for 2018

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

The news has been made for 2018 and the stories reported. What was your favorite forestry related topic in 2018? Which one of the Bird Forestry weekly posts comes to mind first? Reviewing the social media tracking data to determine which news items received the highest readership, we compiled the Bird Forestry “Latest News” Top […]

Best wishes for 2019

Posted on: December 28th, 2018

As the new year approaches, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.   … from everyone at Bird Forestry and the family of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. companies     Contact […]

Christmas Wishes

Posted on: December 21st, 2018

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a Merry Christmas. May the magic and the wonder of the Christmas season stay with you throughout the coming year. … from everyone at Bird Forestry and the family of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. companies   Gifts that Give Back… Looking for last minute shopping ideas that not only make […]

Forests are teeming with wildlife all year round

Posted on: December 14th, 2018

Forests are filled with wildlife throughout the year, even during winter months. Some varieties pose no danger but a few that do, like venomous reptiles, are still there. They may become less active during winter when reptiles often enter a state termed brumation: a condition of sluggishness, inactivity, or lethargy exhibited during winter that is […]

Timber, Taxes and You

Posted on: December 7th, 2018

Are you paying more than your fair share of taxes on timber income? Do you have tax questions regarding your timberland? With only three weeks left in 2018, it’s not too early to ensure that plans and records are in place for the year’s end and that consideration is being given to goals for 2019. […]

Data continues to reinforce the value of a consulting forester

Posted on: November 30th, 2018

The value of having a forest management plan in place for your property can be measured in many ways, but research data continues to show that timber sales involving a consulting forester bring higher value to the landowner. Data from a 2015 study by Greg Conner of WoodsRun Consulting Forestry and Forest2Market’s Joe Clark on […]

Helping others so that everyone finishes the challenge

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018

Four of the toughest Bird Forestry employees accepted the Tough Mudder Half challenge near Conroe recently. Little did they know the event would turn out to be the “Cold” and Tough Mudder Half challenge. Mark Bird, John Marksberry, Grayson Wylie, and Jered Rhodes completed the Tough Mudder Half, a five-mile challenge event that included physical […]

A harvest of blessings, good health and good times

Posted on: November 16th, 2018

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving with a harvest of blessings, good health and good times not only during the holiday season but the whole year through. Among the many things for which we are thankful is the opportunity to work with, and consider as our friends, the diverse group of people and organizations who share a common […]

Surrounded by Trees? Just Breathe a Little Easier!

Posted on: November 9th, 2018

Providing beauty, shade, balance in nature, forest products, investment value, and more are just a few of the reasons to appreciate trees. Another reason, one often overlooked, is how trees benefit our climate and our health. Free Tools The Arkansas Forestry Association called attention to the many benefits of trees this week highlighting a series […]

Forest thinning funds available through TFS via Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018

Forest Thinning Funds – Applications for financial and technical assistance with forest thinning in order to reduce the threat of future southern pine beetle (SPB) infestations and outbreaks are being accepted by the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS). The TFS first thin operations for eligible landowners in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands in 21 East […]

Bird and Crawford Forestry named TFA Outstanding Member Communicator

Posted on: October 26th, 2018

The 104th annual meeting of the Texas Forestry Association (TFA) Oct. 17-19 at Moody Gardens in Galveston provided a full agenda of educational and informative presentations, entertainment, plus the association’s annual presentation of awards. During the awards ceremony, Bird and Crawford Forestry was named the TFA 2018 Outstanding Member Communicator. Linda Moon, TFA Communications Committee […]

Taking steps toward a healthy lifestyle

Posted on: October 19th, 2018

Two members of the Advanced Ecology / Bird and Crawford Forestry team were among 110 runners who competed in the Corkscrew Wine Run 2018 half-marathon Saturday, October 13. Forester / Wildlife Biologist John Marksberry finished the 13.1-mile event in 35th place overall and 6th in the male 20 to 29 age group with a time […]

Congratulations to the Poultry Festival Broiler Show participants

Posted on: October 12th, 2018

Bird and Crawford Forestry salutes the 75 Shelby County 4-H and FFA students who exhibited at this year’s East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler Show and Sale Saturday, October 6 in Center, Texas. A total of 46 pens made the sale where an all-time record was set netting more than $157,500 and a grand champion pen […]

Sound Forest Management and the Southern Pine Beetle

Posted on: October 5th, 2018

The southern pine beetle (SPB) is the most damaging threat to pine forests in the Eastern U.S., according to the USDA Forest Service. Damage by the pest impacts not only landowners and forest industry businesses, but also negatively affects our important ecological systems such as watersheds and wildlife habitat. Research in recent years by the […]

Timber theft affects everyone

Posted on: September 28th, 2018

Timber theft is a constant threat that affects timberland owners and the general public. The landowner receives the biggest impact because of the monetary loss and the additional cost associated with reforestation and clean-up, and many times for absentee landowners the theft remains undetected for several years driving costs even higher. According to an article […]

Advanced Ecology accepting resumes for biologist

Posted on: September 21st, 2018

An Advanced Ecology biologist examines an ecological restoration project Advanced Ecology, Ltd., an affiliate company of Bird & Crawford Forestry, is accepting resumes for an experienced wetland biologist/ecologist. The Advanced Ecology family of companies offers an expansive portfolio of resources with unique access to natural resource management that includes environmental consulting, mitigation banking and wildlife […]

Hunting season is just around the corner

Posted on: September 14th, 2018

One of the many services of Bird and Crawford Forestry is managing hunting leases for our clients located in Texas and Louisiana. For that, we maintain a recreational hunting lease website to connect with the hunters. Supervising hunting leases for landowners provides not only a financial return for the landowner but also the added benefit of […]

Firelanes should be part of every landowner’s management plan

Posted on: September 7th, 2018

“The establishment of firelanes along property boundaries is an important part of every landowner’s best management practices,” said Mark Brian, Senior Vice President and Forester at Bird & Crawford Forestry. Firelanes, or firebreaks as they sometimes are called, are a cleared path requiring regular maintenance to a minimum of 10-feet in width used to gain […]

Keep up the good work America!

Posted on: August 31st, 2018

The beauty of life is in the motivation that keeps Americans busy, enthusiastic and blessed with opportunities for success. The greatest pleasures in life lie in the achievements of our efforts. During this Labor Day weekend and every day, we extend our congratulations to America’s workforce for living up to the challenge, striving daily to […]

Tyler Zachry named to full-time position

Posted on: August 24th, 2018

Tyler Zachry is the newest full-time team member with Bird & Crawford Forestry in the Shreveport, Louisiana, office. Tyler joined Bird & Crawford Forestry in June on an extended internship program. The Minden, Louisiana native earned a degree in forestry with a concentration in wildlife management at Louisiana Tech University graduating in May. His decision […]

Minimizing the effects of hot weather

Posted on: August 17th, 2018

Recent moderate temperatures and rain have been welcomed in some regions following days with temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark and sparse rainfall. But, it’s still mid-August and summer is far from over. We can’t control the weather or prevent droughts, but there are a number of things forestland owners can do to minimize the […]

Bradley Wilson of TerraStone Land Company featured in interview

Posted on: August 10th, 2018

Bradley Wilson of TerraStone Land Company was featured in an interview by The Land Report magazine in their July issue. TerraStone Land Company and Bird and Crawford Forestry are affiliates of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. Commenting on the company’s 400-percent business growth in one year, The Land Report’s publisher and founder Eddie Lee Rider, Jr. had several […]

Five AEEF scholarships awarded

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018

Advanced Ecology Education Fund, Inc., (AEEF) scholarships are benefitting five Texas and Louisiana college students entering classes for the fall semester. 2018 AEEF scholarship recipients in Texas include Texas A&M University student, Destiny Russell, who will be studying water management and hydrological science. Jacob Locke, who will attend Sul Ross State University, is studying range […]

Weather predicting methods used to forecast forest growth

Posted on: July 27th, 2018

American humorist Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” While that might be true, the ability to predict weather patterns has continued to improve to the point of providing researchers with similar methods that are now being used to forecast forest productivity. According to a […]

Beauty and balance in the forest

Posted on: July 20th, 2018

“The Blazing Star is an unforgettable native perennial with electric purple flowers,” states one botanical source of information for the wildflower with grass-like foliage and tall, spiky blooms. Unforgettable is also a good description for these blooms set against a matching sky background photographed recently on property in Oklahoma managed by Bird & Crawford Forestry. […]

New businesses are positive signs for forest industry

Posted on: July 13th, 2018

  Photo reproduced by permission of RoyOMartin. All rights reserved. Anyone looking for economic signs of optimism regarding the East Texas and Louisiana forest industry need look no farther than recent news regarding two new timber-related businesses. Celebrating a May grand opening in Corrigan, Texas, the Corrigan OSB, L.L.C. plant created 165 direct jobs and […]

Forest management seminar scheduled

Posted on: July 6th, 2018

Branching Out, Texas Forestry Association’s Texas Forest Landowners Council seminar, is set for Friday, August 10, in Lufkin. The agenda includes topics that go beyond the normal scope of forest management and will include Pond Management, Soil Erosion, and the Effects Various Land Management Practices and Soil Health have on Water Quality, Growing Natives for […]

Happy Independence Day!

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

Independence Day is one of the important days in the history of any country. Join us on July 4th to remember those who have sacrificed and worked hard to ensure a better future for us all. We wish for everyone a fun-filled, safe holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and celebration of […]

Meet Madison Payne

Posted on: June 22nd, 2018

Join us in welcoming Madison Payne who is working as an intern this summer for Advanced Ecology and Bird & Crawford Forestry. Madison grew up in Nacogdoches where she graduated from Nacogdoches High School and was a member of the NHS Dragonette Drill Team. Madison just completed her freshman year at Texas Tech University. She […]

Black-eyed Susan: A Charming Flower by Any Name

Posted on: June 15th, 2018

Black-eyed Susan, the colorful, charming North American native flower, is perfectly at home planted in a flower garden or growing wild in a pasture. Rudbeckia hirta (scientific classification) has been associated with a number of common names including black-eyed Susan, brown-eyed Susan, brown betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eye daisy. Bird […]

Tyler Zachry joins the Shreveport team

Posted on: June 8th, 2018

Meet Tyler Zachry, the newest team member at Bird & Crawford Forestry. Tyler is working on an extended internship program in our Shreveport office. He is a native of Minden, Louisiana, and a 2012 Minden High School graduate. Tyler earned a degree in forestry with a concentration in wildlife management at Louisiana Tech University where […]

Forestland recreation: good for everyone

Posted on: June 1st, 2018

Like the many other benefits of a working forest, cultural qualities like non-consumptive recreation — bird watching, hiking, biking, nature photography and more — help promote balance in nature. Every day, millions of people take advantage of opportunities for outdoor recreation on both public and private land. Designated protected areas of public land allow access […]

May we never forget that freedom is not free

Posted on: May 25th, 2018

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge On Memorial Day, we remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice of those who died defending our nation and our freedom. We are forever grateful for their service, their courage, and their dedication. Warm wishes […]

Record demand questions future lumber sources

Posted on: May 18th, 2018

US softwood lumber made the wood products industry news this week with Tuesday’s release of a study by ForestEdge and Wood Resources International that demand will grow at an annual rate of 2.3 percent through 2030, outpacing the same report’s forecasted GDP. The study suggests the anticipated result would likely be increased investments in production […]

Benefits of a Working Forest: Quality Water

Posted on: May 11th, 2018

Forests are essential to maintaining quality water for all living things. They minimize soil erosion, and in the process, reduce sediment in ponds, lakes and streams while filtering pollutants. Rainfall in the forest is dispersed in many directions, performing many functions. First among the forest’s canopy before reaching the forest floor, then with the soil […]

Sawmill Sampler May 18

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

The Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin is hosting its annual Sawmill Sampler event Friday, May 18, 2018, from 6 – 8 pm. The museum invites everyone to travel back in time for a sampling of what life was like in the early East Texas sawmill towns. Demonstrations on woodturning, Dutch oven cooking, beekeeping, canning and more will […]

Advanced Ecology Team Members Win Top Trophies

Posted on: April 27th, 2018

Advanced Ecology – Two members of the Advanced Ecology, Ltd. family who pursue activities with antique and classic cars in their spare time were winners last weekend at the Shelby County Cruisers car club “Spring Fling” Car Show in Center, Texas. MSUSA President Terry McKenzie’s (shown left) 1949 Dodge pickup captured first place honors in […]

The Benefits of a Working Forest

Posted on: April 20th, 2018

  Working Forest – Merriam-Webster defines a forest as: a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract … a biological community dominated by trees, other woody vegetation, and non-woody plants. Among other things, forests provide food, water, wood and fuel. They also serve as wildlife habitat and help regulate climate, floods, and […]

Balance Through Nature and Technology

Posted on: April 13th, 2018

TFA Free Event – State forestry associations, including the Texas Forestry Association (TFA) and the Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA), offer informative seminars and workshops throughout the year for forestland landowners. One upcoming event is TFA’s Sustainable Forest Initiative sponsored landowner workshop in Carthage for Harrison, Gregg and Panola Counties. The event is free, but registration […]

Tyler Brady Joins Bird & Crawford Team

Posted on: April 6th, 2018

Please join us in welcoming Tyler Brady as the newest member of the Bird & Crawford Forestry team. Tyler holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry and wildlife management from Stephen F. Austin State University. Arlington, Texas, is where he calls home, and where he graduated from the Fellowship Academy. He also reports spending childhood […]

Wishes for a Joyous Easter

Posted on: March 30th, 2018

Easter has long been celebrated as the rebirth of nature with Spring bringing new life to the forests and fields around us. During this beautiful time of renewal in nature, we wish for you a joyous Easter celebration of life in everything you do. Happy Easter Wishes From Everyone at Bird & Crawford Forestry

Advanced Ecology Ltd. honors Big Sister

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018

Advanced Ecology’s Hayley Cleveland was honored recently as “Big Sister of 2018” by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Hayley and her “Little Sister,” Hope, were officially matched Jan. 30, 2017, and have been attached ever since their first outings together. “I was excited to meet her,” Hope said. “I love her to death. […]

Forests: More than just trees

Posted on: March 16th, 2018

There is more to forests than just the trees. Nearly half of all known wildlife species live in forests, including 80-percent of those dwelling on land. Forests are abundant with life. Bugs and worms replenish the soil with nutrients, bees spread pollen just as birds do seeds, and carnivores like wolves and big cats control […]

Forestland management: Programs that benefit everyone

Posted on: March 9th, 2018

Forestland Management – Properly maintained forestland benefits not only the landowner but also helps society in general.  Just a few of the benefits of proactive land management for landowners include increased land values, higher forest product yields, investment portfolio diversification, a history of outpacing inflation, and helping reduce the incidence and severity of wildfires.  Properly […]

Insect Management: Southern Pine Beetles and other pests

Posted on: March 2nd, 2018

Insect Management – Insects and pests in trees are common, but it’s rare when an infestation does permanent damage or kills trees. Insect populations cycle, they are higher some years than others. Also, insects will often follow environmental damage such as extreme heat, flooding, lightning, and wildfire. One of the more common insect problems in this […]

Chris Adams: Making the Next Career Move

Posted on: February 23rd, 2018

Bird & Crawford Forestry and Advanced Ecology extend best wishes and sincere appreciation to Chris Adams who has accepted a position with Texas Farm Credit in Nacogdoches. “We wish Chris the best in his new endeavor,” said CEO Mike Bird. “We appreciate the dedication, professionalism, and friendship Chris has brought to the company. I have […]

The Taxman Cometh

Posted on: February 16th, 2018

Be sure you are prepared ahead of time The Taxman Cometh… Prudent forestland ownership requires knowledge and management beyond planting, harvesting, environmental issues, and natural disaster risks. Knowing what steps to take in advance of tax filing season to meet IRS requirements, while minimizing your tax bill, is an essential element in reaching forestland management […]

Paper Chase: How paper contributes to sustainable forests

Posted on: February 9th, 2018

Paper Chase – Misinformation about paper destroying forests, and claims that going paperless saves trees, often leads to false impressions that forests are a declining finite resource. In truth, North American forests are a renewable resource that is continuously replenished using sustainable forest management policies and practices supported through purchase of certified wood fiber and […]

Property Tax Valuation

Posted on: February 2nd, 2018

Ways to reduce a qualifying landowner’s tax bill The new year is a perfect time for reviewing property tax valuations. Alternative valuation methods are available to qualifying landowners in most states allowing property tax calculation based on productive agricultural value and preservation of open spaces as opposed to the market value of the land.  State […]

Bird & Crawford Forestry seeking scholarship applicants

Posted on: January 26th, 2018

Bird & Crawford Forestry seeking scholarship applicants Bird and Crawford Forestry/Advanced Ecology Scholarship is accepting applications for scholarships for college students in the Earth Sciences and/or Natural Resource Management disciplines for the Fall semester of 2018. Advanced Ecology Education Fund, Inc., (AEEF), a 501(c)(3) corporation, is managed by foresters and wildlife biologists. Bird & Crawford […]

Nature’s Beauty often followed by economic and safety issues

Posted on: January 19th, 2018

Sleet, snow, and ice … Sub-freezing temperatures create magnificent visual beauty in nature as they did this week in East Texas and Louisiana. The artistic snapshots are a picturesque part of nature’s biological balance and wildlife habitat maintenance and can result in economic losses, forest management problems, and safety concerns. When the beauty thaws, the […]

State Forestry Associations: A voice for landowners and for our timberlands

Posted on: January 12th, 2018

State Forestry Associations: Are you a member of your state’s forestry association? Texas Forestry Association (TFA) and Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA) are more than just associations of forest landowners, businesses, and professionals. TFA and LFA offer programs for almost everyone with an interest in our forestlands. Programs in conservation, business, history, education, wildlife, sustainable forestry, […]

Jered Rhodes – From intern to team member

Posted on: January 5th, 2018

Bird & Crawford Forestry welcomes Jered Rhodes on his return. Jered served as a summer intern prior to his last semester at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where he graduated in December with a bachelor of science degree in forestry and wildlife management.  During his internship, the Weatherford, Texas, native expressed a desire […]

Happy New Year from Bird & Crawford

Posted on: December 29th, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your New Year be filled with happiness, joy, and prosperity.   For more information on how Bird & Crawford Forestry can help you set and reach your land management goals in […]

Merry Christmas from Bird & Crawford Forestry

Posted on: December 19th, 2017

From everyone at Bird and Crawford Forestry, wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with unforgettable moments of happiness, laughter, and good cheer.  

Hunting traditions handed down through the generations

Posted on: December 15th, 2017

Hunting is ingrained in our country’s culture of time-honored traditions. Along with Christmas gifting and family gatherings, hunting is a tradition that has been handed down through the years and often associated with holiday traditions.  A friend we know hunts with family members as part of his Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. Enjoying with family members, […]

Mike Bird Named President-Elect of TFA

Posted on: December 8th, 2017

Bird and Crawford Forestry – Members of the Bird & Crawford Forestry team currently serve in various positions in both Texas and Louisiana state forestry associations. Mike Bird moved up to president-elect of the Texas Forestry Association at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Sam Crawford will be serving on the Louisiana Forestry Association board of […]

112 Tracts of Timberland

Posted on: December 1st, 2017

An Estimated 18,624 +/- Acres South Arkansas • North Louisiana • East Texas TerraStone Land Company, Bird and Crawford’s real estate associate company at Advanced Ecology, Ltd., specializes in property for investment, income or recreation. A great potential for all three can be found in this offering for sale, by sealed bid, on 112 tracts […]

Happy Thanksgiving from Bird & Crawford Forestry

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year. We pause to offer thanks to our talented group of employees, to our faithful clients and business associates, and for the great country in which we are privileged to live and work. Thanks to each of you […]

Boundary Lines

Posted on: November 13th, 2017

Effective legal steps to help deter trespassers Forestlands are often a significant portion of a landowner’s assets, but any tract of land is only as valuable as the boundaries that define it. As the old saying states, “Good fences make good neighbors,” the same is true for established and well-maintained forestland boundary lines. Painting and […]

4th of July

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

Have a safe and happy holiday

Something New

Posted on: June 9th, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the Bird & Crawford Forestry e-card

February 2016: Sam Crawford Interviewed on KTRE

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

Click here to watch the full interview where Sam briefly discusses Timber Tax Laws and Alternative Investments :

October 2015 Newsletter: Bird & Crawford Forestry

Posted on: October 1st, 2015

Please click the following link to view this newsletter in PDF format: October 2015 Newsletter: Bird & Crawford Forestry October 2015 – In This Issue: FROM MIKE & SAM TEAM SPOTLIGHT WITH ROBERT OGLE LANDOWNER SPOTLIGHT SEEDLING CARE UPCOMING EVENTS

July 2015 Newsletter: Bird and Crawford Forestry

Posted on: July 1st, 2015

Please click the following link to view this newsletter in PDF format: July 2015 Newsletter: Bird and Crawford Forestry July 2015: Vol. 1 – In This Issue: LETTER FROM MIKE & SAM TEAM SPOTLIGHT WITH SAM CRAWFORD FULL SERVICE LAND BROKERAGE TEAM LAUNCH LANDOWNER SPOTLIGHT TEAM SPOTLIGHT WITH CHRIS ADAMS UPCOMING EVENTS

Bird & Crawford Forestry Formed to Expand Resources, Services for Timberland Owners

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015

SHREVEPORT, LA. AND CENTER, TX (March 3, 2015) – Two of the region’s leading forestry management consulting businesses, Bird Forestry and The Crawford Forestry Group, have merged to create Bird & Crawford Forestry, a division of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. Mike Bird and Sam D. Crawford will serve as principals of this new consulting venture.