While all plantation owners share a love for quail, Mrs. Ford also loved the aesthetics of Longpine’s vast longleaf forest. Under once timber consultant -now Plantation Manager -Mike Lee’s guidance, she developed her own selective system for managing the longleafs based on sustainability and conservative harvest. Her program was unimaginably successful and a role model for sustainable harvest. Today, there is approximately more than twice as much timber than there was over 40 years ago and 10,000,000± board feet have been selectively harvested during that time! The timber growth offsets a tremendous amount of the annual quail and land management operating budget. With few exceptions, it today contains one of the most valuable stands of high quality longleaf timber of any plantation in the Red Hills. In fact, a section of virgin longleaf still remains. Under the current management plan, it takes ten years to selectively thin through the entire plantation. 85% of the plantation is natural regenerating timber with an average age of approximately 55 years.