As I suspected, my idea of creating scorched earth and thus denying the poacher a place to poach, is all not that simple.
The issue is more financial than any other (though there is a bureau – weenie element to it as well). The forest should have been thinned say 15 years ago, a forestry expert told me, but that window has closed and the advice is wait another 10 or so more years for the forest to mature.
Selective cutting/thinning is an option, but the $$ returns are questionable and such cutting could damage trees which could be worth more later, I was told. There is also an option for 2012, to have the forest area sprayed to kill off “trash” growth and thus speed up maturation of what timber is of value.
So,….. In the meantime I have gotten more “Posted” signs and glued them on to 7/8 ‘’ thick board and will screw these on to trees at a height a bit higher- out of reach and more difficult to tear down.
And popping down to check things out is on the table too, though its unclear to me now about who’d I call should I spot a person or a vehicle on the property, which should not be there; the state police, the county sheriff or the natural resources police.