2018-08-09 / Front Page

Granade family manages the state’s top tree farm



The Granade family’s Halekulani Enterprises Tree Farm in Wilkes County has been named the 2018 Georgia Tree Farm of the Year. “This family has managed land in Wilkes County for over 130 years,” said Geoffrey Lee Hill, a reforestation advisor for ArborGen, in presenting the award. “The Granades appreciate their legacy of sound conservation and are doing an excellent job to ensure sustainable forestry well into the future.” Forestry consultant Lewis Brown has been involved with the Granade farm since the 1960s, and Keith Murphy of the Georgia Forestry Commission (inset photo, left) also works with them. “From roadwork, to timber harvesting, to site preparation, to release spraying, to prescribed burning, to planting seedlings, they have a working forest,” Hill continued. “But beyond doing a great job of forest management, they share their tree farm with others. This is very important.” On hand for the presentation by Hill (at right) were (in front, l-r) Rylie Granade, Sophie Reville, (back) Jay Granade, Samantha Granade, Ansley Granade, Jonathan Granade, Jim Granade Jr., Lewis Brown, Jenny Reville, and Janet Granade. The Granade family’s Halekulani Enterprises Tree Farm in Wilkes County has been named the 2018 Georgia Tree Farm of the Year. “This family has managed land in Wilkes County for over 130 years,” said Geoffrey Lee Hill, a reforestation advisor for ArborGen, in presenting the award. “The Granades appreciate their legacy of sound conservation and are doing an excellent job to ensure sustainable forestry well into the future.” Forestry consultant Lewis Brown has been involved with the Granade farm since the 1960s, and Keith Murphy of the Georgia Forestry Commission (inset photo, left) also works with them. “From roadwork, to timber harvesting, to site preparation, to release spraying, to prescribed burning, to planting seedlings, they have a working forest,” Hill continued. “But beyond doing a great job of forest management, they share their tree farm with others. This is very important.” On hand for the presentation by Hill (at right) were (in front, l-r) Rylie Granade, Sophie Reville, (back) Jay Granade, Samantha Granade, Ansley Granade, Jonathan Granade, Jim Granade Jr., Lewis Brown, Jenny Reville, and Janet Granade.

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