South Main St.,
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
|Voted 2004 Woodland Owner of the Year in Jackson County Iowa!|
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TreeFarmProducts.com is a sole proprietorship owned by David and Susan Gossman. It is the timber products marketing arm for Hidden Bluffs Farm in Jackson County, Iowa. The certified tree farm has a wide range of terrain, microclimes and habitats. Active programs include:Tree planting - Over 60,000 trees have been planted in the last 20 years as
riparians and pastures are being replanted with native forest species.
Prairie restoration - Over 45 acres have been planted with over 30 species of
native grasses and forbs. Portions are burned each spring.
Timber stand improvement - Junk trees and damaged trees are culled from the
forest. Invasive species such as multiflora rose, and garlic mustard are being removed. Most logging is "low-grading" to remove damaged or undesirable trees leaving higher quality trees to continue to grow and gain in value while providing valuable natural habitat.
Habitat protection and restoration - Tree planting, native grasses, riparian buffers and food plots are many of the projects underway to improve wildlife habitat. Brush piles have been created for bobwhite quail.
Botanical survey - A multiyear effort to catalog all plant species on the
farm has been led by students.
Stream and pond study - A two year sampling and analysis study of Buck Creek
stream and two of the farm ponds has been completed. The analysis will help determine what species of fish are appropriate for the farm and if native trout can be established in the stream. This effort was undertaken by three students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA).
Crop ground - Crop ground is no-till farmed with a soy bean and corn crop rotation. Soil nutrients are closely monitored with routine sampling and testing to prevent any unnecessary fertilizer application and the danger of unwanted runoff. Buffer strips and water ways are maintained to prevent soil erosion.
GIS Mapping - Graphical Information System mapping is being developed to monitor all aspects of the operation including soil test data, tree plantings, archaeological sites, native grass burns, etc.
Deer Management Plan - The farm has an active deer management plan. Click here to view.
Find us - TreeFarmProducts tree care and forestry products are sold from our store in Maquoketa, IA. If you are picking up lumber at our Maquoketa, IA location please call in advance to set a time and get directions. We are located at 103 South Main Street.