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I was looking for timber growing information and found much more on your web pages. I added you to my bookmarks.

Thanks very much for your efforts.

Sender: Randy Hogan -


I'm also a forester. I work for the Missouri Department of Conservation. I went to school at Virginia Tech and often miss those Appalachian hardwood forests.

I got your canasta rules, my husband and I enjoy regular canasta. We gave the basic game with option #1 a try this evening and had pretty good luck with it. It seems like a combination of gin- rummy and regular canasta. This made the strategy different and more complex than plain canasta!

I'd like to try out your College of the Mind if possible.

Sender: Susan Troxel
Millersburg, MO

Moving to Edmonton, Kentucky

Hi Duane,

Thanks for your response via comp. bulletin board. I'm now on Prodigy for awhile, and it looks like they have no forums/boards that have anything to do with life in the sticks, so I'm especially glad to have found your homepage.

I'm looking for people that live in or near Edmonton, as well as folks that know something about the following subjects:growing mushrooms, beekeeping, raising escargot,fresh water lobsters (Murray River crayfish, they're big Austalian crawdads), getting rid of large patches of poison ivy, biological controls for ticks, any odd bits of info handy for newcomers to the area.

I know a fair amount about organic gardening, edible wild plants, natural medicine, and various animals.

About five years ago, my husband Del and I decided to save up our money and get some land somewhere and drop out of the city rat race. We were both raised in the country, and city life has never been anything but frustrating for both of us.

Last August, we were finally able to take a trip across country and look for a chunk of dirt of our very own. We found a nearly perfect 40 acres, and we will have it paid off in about another year. We will then be able to plot the last phase of our escape from Seattle.

It's about all we think about these days, I'm sure we drive other people nuts with our obsession.

I'm looking forward to hearing from anybody out there.

Best to you,
Jenny Sanders in Seattle


I ran across your homepage several weeks ago and must say you have put a lot into it. I am envious of your lifestyle. I got out of the rat race last year after spending over 20 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority. I had a successful career but am ready to move back to the farm get closer to nature. My parents still live on the family farm in Lyon County, Kentucky.

Another interest is your background in forestry. I have spent the last six months working with the Ky Dept of Forestry to develop a forestry management plan for the family farm. I wish I had ran across your page earlier in this process. Last week we advertised for bids on 40 acres of hardwood timber.

I have four acres, a John Deere tractor, 1969 International pickup, and a 1968 Corvette - all in various states of restoration.

We plan to move to a more rural area of Ky or Tenn in the next two years. We are looking for 10 to 50 acres with an old homesite for building on. Also, am looking for a 1950-59 John Deere Crawler to play with.

Keep up the philosiphising!

Bob Yates


Hi Duane...

Just out doing a little surfing, and thought I'd drop in, and see wha's up !!

Nice page BTW :))

I kind of make my living with trees also.. I bronze plate, several different types of leaves, such as Oak, and Sugar Maple. These go all over the globe as gifts representing Canada.

I live in a small town, about 45 minutes (without a radar detector) and twenty minutes (with one) HeHe !! from the Windsor/Dtroit border.

The town is called Kingsville, Ontario, and its on the southern shore of Lake Erie, where I spend alot of my time fishing for Walleye.

Anyway.. Just thought I'd pop in and say Hi ! Since we kind of enjoy the same love for trees.

We have a big mess on our hands in British Columbia right now, where they are destroying whats left of our only rain forest, in Clayquot Sound BC.

Well take care, say Hi to the family, and hope to here from you some time ...!!

TTYL Eric E.Noeldechen


This is memory lane. Go back to the late 70s. Back to Bert T. Combs Forestry office in Pineville. You were DMA (or DAM as Florence used to call it) and I was a new forester that transferred from Madisonville. You broke me into mountain fire fighting on some God forsaken mountain in Knox County. The stars were ablaze, and so were a couple of hundred acres of forest. It was memorable.

I was not surprised when I stumbled across your web page. You were the first computer junkie I ever met. And I thought your Star Trek game was pretty neat back then. Times have changed, and looks like you've kept up with them. I haven't dove into your page much, but fully intend to. I presently am a forester for TN Division of Forestry, and presently manage a 25,000 acre forest (Chuck Swan), north of Knoxville, TN. I did move to the family farm about 10 miles south of Middlesboro, and fool with Christmas trees and cattle. Still married to Rhonda, and have one 14 year old son (Ben). I still converse with Fuller and Ken Powers on occasion.

Sender: Steve Roark -


I have really enjoyed reading your Forestry information as I have searched for information to include in an activity booklet for a Forestry CD that the USDA Forest Service, Mid-Atlantic Region NRCE coordinators are working on.

May we quote you?


I've just got the Forestry manual which I consider very interesting. I am a Forestry Student at University of the Valley of Guatemala in Central America. I'd like to get more information about forest management (in the tropics if available). Thanks for the material

Sender: Harry Debroy -

I came across your WEB site and I am glad you are taking the time to share your expertise, thank you.

I am retiring from the military and I have owned a bandsaw mill for a few years now. I live in Savannah GA, and I want to cut hardwood, kiln dry it, sell lumber (small quantities), hardwood flooring, moulding, and lathe turning blanks (for bowls etc.), and make furniture.

Could you give me some advice or suggestions on some of my remaining business problems (and yes I know energy will be one of the problems)?

  1. I purchase logs from tree removal companies, and I need a fair way to measure the logs. Its usually to much trouble to take 1-2 logs to the scale. Their seems to be many ways of measuring logs, at least a couple types of weight systems, I have heard of some measuring systems, the Doyle scale, international scale, and scribner scale. Where can I find info about measuring logs?
  2. I cut woods like Magnolia, Live Oak, Water Oak, Laurel Cherry, Old growth Southern yellow pine, Pignut Hickory, Pecan, and other various oddball local woods, mostly from tree removal services. I want to get a good source of more common woods like Red Oak, White Oak, American Cherry, etc. to make my inventory more versatile. Quantities of these logs are not real common in the southeast. I need to find some loggers in north GA or North Carolina or obviously as close as possible. How could I go about finding these people.

Sender: Jim Mckee

Reply from Duane:

Find out which of the log scales is commonly used in your area. Usually in the Eastern United States it is doyle except near National Forests where they use international 1/4 inch. You can probably get information from your local extension service office or from the Georgia Forestry Commission. There is a link on my forestry web page to Ben Meadows Company in Atlanta. They sell all types of forestry and logging equipment including log scale sticks and books. Get a catalog from them.

As for finding loggers your local office of the Georgia Forestry Commission can give you this information. If they are like their counterpart in Kentucky they will have a list of contract loggers with contact information. Simply call some of these people and tell them what you need.

If I remember correctly from a few days I spent in Savannah years ago, both Union Camp and Georgia Pacific have major installations near there with a number of foresters on staff. You might try giving their offices a call also to see if you could get some ideas from their foresters.

Dear sirs

I would be interested in receiving e-mail messages about various topics concerning forestry; especially those that pertain to Kentucky woodlands. I also am interested in wildlife conservation, hunting and fishing, etc. I have been involved in various aspects of forestry and outdoor sports for over 20 years and manage about 500 acres of mixed hardwood forests of my own with assistance of Ky. Div of Forestry in Elizabethtown.

Ben Duvall
63 Duvall Ln.
Big Clifty, Ky. 42712

Sender: Benjamin Paul Duvall -

Thanks for all the good information in your forest management workshop manual. A partner and myself are considering planting 500-1,000 acres in trees of varying types here on the Island of Kauai and we are trying to find as much information on eucalyptus, mahogany, teak and other tropical hardwoods as we can. We're also trying to find out just who buys the trees, and how to determine their value. Your manual really gave us some good insights and directions. Thanks again.


Interests: Landowner, Business

Sender: Rick Emens -


I am a swedish forestry student and I did like your Web page.

Take a look at the most comprehensive page in forestry existing in Sweden,

Sender: Anders Jonsson -

From: Brian E. Brown

Any information on where to download or purchase the timber cruz program would be appreciated. I am a County Forester for the Florida Division of Forestry.

Reply from Duane:

I have had several requests for this program lately. Right now the program is written for a TRS-80 microcomputer and I have been using it for about 18 years on one of those computers. I am in the process of converting it to MSDOS format so that it will run on an MS DOS system and I expect to complete that conversion this summer. As soon as I do I will put the information for obtaining the program on my web site.

From: Matt Bennett


My name is Matt Bennett and I am the current president of the Tennessee Forestry Association. I have previously been the chairman of the KY/TN SAF. I just wanted to extend my compliments on the fantastic job and the tremendous amount of work that you have done on your site. It really is quite comprehensive as far as I have so far observed. I would like to ask if you could link to the TFA web site. You can contact them at

From: Roger Alabach

A friend of mine referred me to your forestry homepage. WOW! I am really impressed! It will take me a long time to fully explore all the links and information. When you have time check out mine. It is not as impressive as yours but it is a start.

Roger Alabach is my real name. Doyle Scribner is my pen name, kinda like Mark Twain was for Sammuel Clemmons.

From: Katie Crozier

Hello, My name is Katie Crozier, I am doing a project in my english class and I need a jpg or gif of a BIG tree... the more interesting and neat looking the better. Thank you muchly!!

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From: Chris Waggoner

I am looking for information on a book Hardwoods: a growing need : proceedings 74th annual meeting and regional technical conference in 1995 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The book was put out by the Appalachian Society of American Foresters. Any information you can supply would be greatly appreciated.

From: Darrell Wright


I just stumbled across your site as I was looking for pertinent info on Letcher County and was pleasantly surprised to find it was you. I've often wondered of your whereabouts and wouldn't you know it, in the ether of cyberspace... I was the radio tech for the Southeastern District while you were DMA. I also saw the comments by Ken Roark and also occasionally encounter Fuller, who is also contemplating retirement (after nearly 100 yrs) I see Ken Powers and many others from the old days at Pineville, and I'm sure you'd like to dust a fire-rake off and head towards Frakes to " gut it out" for the KDF. I also remember the programming prowess you displayed when the pc's were first coming into practical use. Looks as though you've taken it up a few notches. Nice job. I am currently not 'on line' but will soon. See you on line some time.

From: United Timber Mgt. Co.

I believe you can do more justice to promoting the use of consulting foresters in your manual. It is a proven fact that consulting foresters generate more money for their clients and can offer more management expertise than the average landowner will be able to learn on his own. Most workshops in any topic give a participant just enough information to be dangerous.

Reply from Duane: That's an interesting point. I tend to agree with you to some extent. The Workshop Manual was originally written by a committee of state and federal government employees, of which I was one, in the 1970s. I have been a private consulting forester for the last eighteen years and I see what you mean. I plan to extensively revise the manual and bring it up to date eventually but I am overextended and have not had time to do so.

From: Charles Maynard - Forest Management Chief - Florida Division of Forestry

Hi Duane, just wanted to say hello. I checked your site to get the latest on what's happening to forestry in Kentucky. Boy, was I impressed!! You've got a great web page, and I got some really good info. Hope you keep up the good work.

From: Steve Melcher

Congratulations on one of the best websites I've seen! I'm currently guest editor of the American Nature Study Society's Nature Study Journal. This issue will focus on forests. What is the procedure for aquiring permission to reprint some of the information found on the Forestry website?

ANSS Online

From: Lyndle Seaton, Editor APA, West Paducah, Kentucky

What is your postion on planting Paulownia Tomentosa in a plantation here in Kentucky? I have Paulownia that will produce large trees in about 15 years and they will regenerate from the stump to give a continual supply of the wood into the future. I think this is a very under estimated tree. By using Paulownia we can help protect the divercity of our native trees as well as provide a faster dollar for small land owners. I am the editor of the American Paulownia Association we were formed in 1991.

Reply from Duane:

I don't have a position on planting Paulownia. I understand that it has been a high value tree in the past for export to Japan. A buyer told me a few years ago that that market had declined. I think it is a fast growing tree and, if the market is there, could be a very good investment. On the other hand I would consider it more a fad market which might very well not be there in the future and, for the long term, I would rather invest in oak, walnut, ash, maple etc.

From a practical standpoint though I suspect that Paulownia plantations would thrive better on abandoned fields than those species I mentioned above.

I am not sure about your statement about planting Paulownia protecting the diversity of our native trees. What does that mean?

Last revised March 17, 2002.