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Posted Sunday, June 22, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - Thomas Glosson, a Pittsboro resident and long time tree farmer, was recently re-certified as a tree farm through the NC Tree Farm Program. Mr. Glosson has been a long term advocate of sustainable forest management, and actively manages his 130 acres of land on Mt. Olive Church Road in northern Chatham County. Mr. Glosson recently celebrated his 80th birthday, but still works daily on his farm. He is a valuable advocate for sustainable forest management through his involvement with NC Farm Bureau.
He has hosted several landowner tours in Chatham County so that landowners could visit his tree farm to learn about growing trees. Mr. Glosson is always willing to provide valuable advice and guidance to any landowner. Since acquiring his property, he has sustainably harvested and re-planted more than 116 acres of trees on the property (that’s more than 60,000 tree seedlings!). As he has slowly phased out of the business of raising beef cattle, he has planted all of his pastureland in trees with the assistance of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the North Carolina Forest Service.
Mr. Glosson’s property borders Terrell’s Creek, which is an important tributary to the Haw River and then Jordan Lake. Mr. Glosson has continually made efforts to insure the protection of Terrell’s Creek, and has placed many of his former pastures in the Conservation Reserves Enhancement Program (a program to plant erodible farmland in trees to protect soil and water quality).
Mr. Glosson always gives credit to his wife Hilda for the success of his tree farm. Keeping good records of activities and financial information for the farm is extremely important, and Mr. Glosson is quick to say that his wife has been instrumental for the success of his property.
Years ago he purchased an old Frick sawmill and set it up on his property to help utilize some of the lumber that he grew. His mill turned into a part time business of sawing lumber for local residents. There aren’t many people around who can set up and run the old sawmills, much less keep them running, but Mr. Glosson is always eager to saw a few logs on the old mill for someone he knows.
Especially in light of recent information that much of Chatham County will be quickly developing and changing, it is good to know that there are still landowners in the county that are farming and growing trees. Being able to derive income from farming and selling timber is a great incentive for landowners to keep their land. Mr. Glosson hopes to pass his land along to his two daughters, and that he has instilled in them an appreciation for the land and all of the work that he has done to make sure it is still growing commercially valuable timber.
Mark Bost is a forester with the NC Forest Service
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