Saturday March 18, 2017 - Ethan Rajala records his father John Rajala explaining to our skilled pruning crew how to choose the correct trees and apply the right pruning methods to White Pine. These White Pine are 20-30 years old and have done very well, so they are now tall enough to receive the final pruning treatment to the magic 17' height from ground, which should someday provide us with a 16' limb-free log for the sawmill.
July 18, 2016. Jack Rajala. The screen porch at the Lodge on Wolf Lake. The last of thousands of forestry discussions I was privileged to have with my father and mentor. And I got to share it with my son Ethan.
Part I: Jack points out trees that are done growing. I ask, "for the year?". Jack pauses, breathes deeply, and metaphorically replies, "Forever."
Part II: Jack Rajala discusses White Pine pruning strategy with his grandson Ethan, who leads the Rajala White Pine pruning crew. Ethan is explaining to Grandpa that we have so many trees to prune, that to get through all of our stands, we need to prioritize which trees to prune. Grandpa approves.
Needless to say, it was difficult to hold back tears.
This year we planted primarily Red Pine with a few White Pine. Jack planted the vast majority of these 15,000 trees by hand, by himself. The very last of them he planted with his beloved brother and partner, Randy, at Freestone Road.