The Alford Forest is managed under a lease agreement with the Ozark Regional Land Trust by Alford Forest, Inc. David Haenke is the founder and director of Alford Forest, Inc.
David Haenke and the Alford Forest
David Haenke lives in the Alford Forest, in northern Ozark County, Missouri, and has been managing the Alford Forest, initially as an employee of Ella Alford, since 1994, and since AFI was incorporated in 2000.
Not a degreed forester, he has learned forest management on the ground, and specifically from the instruction of Clint Trammel, former chief forester of Pioneer Forest, as well as from his own continuous study of ecological forestry, which goes back to the mid-80's.
Forest Management Guidelines
Alford Forest Inc., Forest Management Guidelines
General Forest Management Plan Provisions.
1. Conserve and protect open and natural forest of the Oak-Hickory-Pine type, and its native forest species and character, which may have some natural glades and savannas.
2. Conserve and protect the highest quality of the forest ecosystem including its native fauna and flora, and, where such forest types are present, old growth and riparian forests.
3. Conserve and protect significant water resources and the water quality thereof, including any springs and wetlands.
4. Where long-term management involving harvest is desired, maintain and improve the capacity to produce high quality native timber in an uneven-aged forest through long-term, sustained yield forest management.
5. Prohibit any use of the forest which will impair, degrade or damage the forest or conservation values of the forest.
1) A natural mixture of dominant tree species including Oak, Hickory and Pine with various associated species including Gum, Ash, Walnut, Elm, along with other naturally occurring native tree species;
2) A multi-story forest with a canopy of variable densities managed to allow for gaps occurring due to natural disturbances, mortality and timber harvesting except such areas specifically designated as wetlands, savanna or glades which are managed as open land;
3) Uneven-ages stands, i.e. a range of age classes in any given stand of trees with the overall median age of the forest increasing.
4) Protect identified healthy old growth trees and stands throughout the forest including areas specifically designated at this time or in the future as wetlands, savanna or glades;
5) Sufficient volumes of standing dead trees, down logs and large woody debris on the forest floor as is commonly found in natural Pine-Oak-Hickory type forests;
6) Preserve various ecosystem types with their biological diversity;
7) The forest is retained and maintained in its defining character and functions;
8) Any identified and located endangered species are to be protected;
9) Seek highest and best use of harvested trees and other species of the forest;
10) Attempt to find markets for less utilized species and grades of logs or lumber;
11) Attempt to add as much value as possible to logs and other forest products before they leave the area.