Broken Bow--Oklahoma’s forests are getting a big boost thanks to the Trees for Oklahoma Seedling Program sponsored by the Huber Engineered Woods LLC and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry. The initiative is intended to increase reforestation on recently harvested land or on lands being converted to forest in southeastern Oklahoma.
For the past three years, Huber has purchased a minimum of one million pine seedlings from the State Forest Regeneration Center and provided them free-of-charge to participating forest landowners in a nine-county area. Forestry Services' staff of professional foresters provides technical assistance to participating landowners and administers the popular program.
Oklahoma’s seedling program is patterned after similar cooperative ventures in other states where Huber manufacturing plants are located. The Huber Corporation is one of the largest and oldest family-owned companies in America and is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey. Huber’s oriented strand board plant in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, began operations in April 2004 and currently operates the largest “continuous mat press” OSB plant in the world.
“Huber Engineered Woods recognizes the importance of planting trees to replenish this renewable natural resource that makes our business possible,” said Garrett Tipton, head procurement forester for Huber in Broken Bow. “The Huber family is committed to helping make sure that trees and forests will be as plentiful in the future as they are today, not only for our company, but also for a healthy natural environment and for the people who depend upon it.”
“This is a great partnership for Forestry Services and for the local communities in the area, and Huber is to be commended,” John Burwell, State Forester and ODAFF Forestry Services Director said, “The program not only helps private landowners offset some of their reforestation costs, but it also is an invaluable contribution to our goals in managing the state’s forests and making sure they remain healthy and productive.”
More information on the program is posted on the Oklahoma Forestry Services website at www.forestry.ok.gov/trees-for-oklahoma-program. Landowners that are interested in participating can call the Department of Agriculture's Southeast Area forestry office in Broken Bow at 580-584-3351 (Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties) or the East Central forestry office in Wilburton at 918-465-2082 (Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburg counties).
Posted on Tue, April 8, 2008
by Jack Carson (405)522-4575