Missouri Department of Conservation - Buford Mountain Conservation Area
Castor River Conservation Area
During a late January 2012 swing to Southeastern Missouri for a series of prescribed fires with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was asked to provide Timber Stand Improvement services at the Castor River Conservation Area. Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. assigned a team of 8 skilled sawyers who possessed the advanced dendrology skills necessary to identify target & non-target species during winter dormancy.
During three, non-burn days, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. crew members selectively cut 30+ acres of actively managed timberland. Our high level of service included cutting all of the undesired saplings (trees under 1') so as to completely open up the forest floor. This went above and beyond the Department of Conservation's specifications in support of native oak regeneration. Our crews moved through the forest logically and in sequence to ensure a high quality product and accuracy for the purposes of basal area control. The assigned crews worked efficiently, effectively, and most importantly, safely while completing this critical forest management task.
Buford Mountain Conservation Area
In preparation for a series of prescribed fires with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was asked to provide fire line improvement and hazard tree removal operations at the Buford Mountain Conservation Area. Our crews carried all necessary equipment on foot into this sensitive natural area near the geologically significant Johnson Shut-Ins. During the project phase, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. crews worked to remove hazard trees within 100ft of the line. This action improved access along the fire-line which allowed for the Department of Conservation to bring a small ATV / water tender onto the project for suppression activities.