Dollars and Common Sense: Why Consulting Forester John Sisson’s Top Ten Reasons to Plant SuperTree Seedlings MCPs and Varietals
John Sisson is a consulting forester managing land for clients in the Piedmont region of Georgia. A recent visit to some of his stands of SuperTree Seedlings® Varietals showed the visible progress of these trees and gave us great insight into why John plants both SuperTree Seedlings MCP® and Varietal seedlings. We thought his Top Ten reasons were pretty convincing.
- I’m not planting trees. I’m managing land. Managing land is a business.
- I want more of the higher-value chip-n-saw class than pulpwood at first thinning, and I want it faster.
- I want to plant 545 trees per acre instead of 726 trees per acre.
- I want a higher return on my investment in site prep, herbaceous weed control and planting. Even if I add in the cost-per-acre to jump from Elite OP to MCP Select of about $55, these higher genetics give me an average increase in value of around $130 per acre, per year, over a rotation, so I’ve more than doubled my money in the cost of the seedlings.
- I’m looking for a $600 per acre at first thinning instead of a $300 return on investment at first thinning.
- I don’t want to play “pick and choose” for poles and sawtimber at clearcutting. I want a stand of poles and sawtimber at clearcutting.
- I’m working on a 25-30 year rotation and want to have the highest value product available at the end of that rotation. I’m trying to grow the same amount of dollars-per-acre by growing more volume of high-grade products. Higher volume means higher dollars in any market.
- I’m looking for a total of $4,000 return per acre.
- I’ve run the numbers, and planting advanced genetics is the cheapest way to get a better economic return faster.
- As a consulting forester, the faster I make more money for my clients, the faster I make more money for myself.
Getting What He’s Looking For From Advanced Genetics
Walking through a stand of ArborGen AGV124 Varietal saplings at age five in Taliaferro county, Georgia, is visual proof that John Sisson, consulting forester for Southern Forest Management LLC in Washington, Georgia, is getting what he’s looking for out of our most elite genetic seedlings. They’re four times taller than John, straight, healthy and showing the promise of a good return on investment in the future.
John’s objective in managing timberland for his clients is to get the most return out of the land possible. He approaches timberland as an investment – an investment with a 25-30 year rotation, and that makes managing timberland a business.