Recently, a more pragmatic view of forestry has emerged, one that balances the economic interests of forested communities with the long-term sustainable land stewardship that protects the interests of wildlife and reduces the atmosphere's urgent carbon problem. Here at Glen Brook we’ve decided to participate in this trend by implementing a forest management plan and establishing the property as a certified tree farm. Measures include cutting certain trees and selling them for lumber or cordwood to encourage the growth of new breeds to maximize the forest’s potential. Protecting watersheds is equally vital to this goal, since irresponsible forest management clogs streams, kills fish, and poisons drinking water. The wildlife component involves protecting certain habitats as shelter and food sources for native species: hemlock for deer stands and winter forage; soft-mast berry trees like wild cherry for songbirds and bears; and hard-mast nut trees like hickory, beech and oak for squirrels and chipmunks. Responsible forestry takes years to implement, yet the small step of tree farm certification will ensure healthy forests for Glen Brook and all our children.