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Tom Anundson, Dave O'Barto, and Pat Hulle, Consulting Foresters

...serving landowners in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia


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Fall foilage

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 1:37 PM Comments comments ()
A beautiful fall day in Eastern Ohio...


Posted on January 10, 2019 at 1:35 PM Comments comments ()
Welcome to The Tree House Blog...Feel free to post forest and nature related items here, ask questions, or post pictures (family friendly only!!)  Have Fun !!!!!

Spring is Here ??

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM Comments comments ()
Well, it would seem that spring is is 76 degrees today, but the temp is going to drop to the 50s tomorrow.  The turkeys are gobbling, the grouse are drumming, and the songbirds are singing.  We have been working every day that it doesn't rain, and so far it has been a fairly dry spring.    Anybody doing any fishing?  Spring Gobbler seasons are close, good luck to all sportsmen and Sportswomen!    If you want to post any pictures on this website send them to [email protected] and I will put them up. 


Posted on March 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM Comments comments ()
I have been spending quite a bit of time on gas line and well pad right-of-ways in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  That entails alot of hiking and inventory work, but I like doing it because it insures that folks are getting properly compensated for their trees.  If you own land and gas or oil development is happening on it BE SURE to get a tree appraisal!  You are losing forest, it can never be replanted, so you should be fairly treated. 
The development companies will offer you a "per lineal foot" offer to make an adjustment for your timber, but I have seen many cases where it wasn't enough.  How do you know? 
And...the development company WILL PAY FOR THE INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL.
It cost you nothing to be sure....why wouldn't you want to be ??

Snow in March

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments ()
Winter's last gasp?  We had 8" of snow on the deck yesterday, and it quickly melted down to 3" by the end of the day.  It was a typical early March heavy, wet snow, and since temps hovered around 35 all day all it took was a few peeks of sun to thaw.  These late snows make logging messy.  Trails turn to mud, log landings become greasy and rutted.  Special care has to be taken not to pollute creeks with sediment, and I usually ask loggers to avoid crossing streams if they can until things warm and dry.  I never worry about mud and ruts, unless the mud is flowing and being pushed ahead of tires.  Then, its time to take a break and come back when things dry up.  Logging is messy, and often landowners don't expect the visual impact of it.  But, like I tell everyone, its amazing how a little dry weather, a bulldozer, straw and seed can turn things around, and quickly.  Within a few weeks things on the ground green up, and over the following year or two the forest heals itself.  Its a process that takes time.  We have countless tracts that don't look like harvesting has ever occurred, and many happy landowners who have learned that "if you want to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs."  Fishing and spring gobbler seasons are right around the corner! 

Timber Markets are Heating Up !!!

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM Comments comments ()
Hey everyone!  We are almost through this winter, and have dodged major snowfalls so far.  It's been a rather odd winter with all of the freezes / thaws / rain, and I am glad its almost over. 
Timber markets are good and getting better, and demand is up.  Its been a tough slog since 2008 and we are looking forward to finally getting back on track again.  Between the timber markets and craziness with the Marcellus and Unity shale development projects we hope to have a busy(er) 2013.
If you have red (soft) maple as your primary species CONTACT ONE OF US ASAP.  Never in the 20+ years we have been in southwest PA have we seen red maple selling for what it is.  Everybody wants it, and they are paying crazy good prices for it.
Overall, the industry seems to have adjusted to the ridiculous fuel prices, and the current trend may (hopefully) be a sign of things to come.
Hope you made it through winter OK...enjoy spring, get warm, and get outdoors! 


Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments ()
Hello everyone!  Today I saw something in PA's woods I have never seen, and I have been stomping the woods here my whole life.  FISHER tracks!  Fishers were reintroduced in PA a few years back, and are doing well.  Every snow covered log in a 25 acre area was tracked up.  Here is a picture of the tracks, and also a link about what a Fisher is.  Enjoy!

Welcome To The New and Improved Website

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM Comments comments ()
Greetings to old and new customers!  Welcome to the new and improved website.  You were probably used to the old, brown pages and links, and we loved those, too.  But technology has advanced far beyond the software I used to edit the old site, and I found myself unable to edit it anymore. 
That, of course, was totally unacceptable because I want to be able to keep you updated and in touch with current goings-on in the timber and wildlife world.  Please, FEEL FREE to add comments to this blog, and to post pictures and articles you find interesting and relevant.  Keep it clean and objective, though, please, since this is a family site.  Anyone not doing so will be banned, period.
To get you started, I have found, through facebook, a fascinating article about a man who collects, of all things, ANTLERS.  Now, I find a few in the woods and like to keep them, but with over 15,000 antlers this guy is more than a little obsessed.  I love it...he hikes, enjoys the great outdoors, and spends most of his time searching for naturally shed deer and elk antlers.  Here is the link to the article, complete with photos:
As I perform my daily work I often see rare and interesting things in the forest.  I will post them in the "slide show" section of the website, and may even copy some of your submissions to it, giving you full credit, of course.  If you have photos of the weird things a forest has to offer, post them please! 
Again, welcome, and I look forward to hearing from you soon...happy hiking !!!