One hundred years ago, we hired one of the nation’s first professional foresters, Howard Churchill. Mr. Churchill began his long career at Finch with this mandate: to cultivate our vast Adirondack lands to satisfy the growing demand for wood, while at the same time conserving the natural resources and the wildlife that make their homes here.
He started a science-based program to promote perpetual forest growth – and a holistic philosophy our team of foresters still practice a century later.
The forests that we manage include beech, ash, maple, birch, white pine and hemlock trees to name a few. Our forest management practices are designed to mimic—not manipulate–Mother Nature. By primarily using the Shelterwood System, we gradually harvest a forest (in stages over a 70 to 150-year period), taking only the poorest-quality trees each time which gives the healthier trees room to grow and drop seeds for the next generation of forest. This form of management also creates scattered openings in the forest canopy, allowing sun and moisture to reach the forest floor — and the seeds deposited there.
Using sustainable forestry practices, we cut less than what can grow every year. In our case, it is less than 4% of the forest acres. The photo on this page shows a Finch forester marking seed trees with orange paint for the logging crew to save.
Finch-managed forests are also a truly organic crop. We don’t use any herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers or other chemicals to help them grow.