Fred Scott, Jr.
(434) 295-4188

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We also sponsor the Ballyshannon Fund Forum
at Piedmont Virginia Community College

Three things are of principal importance to every farmer, every cattleman, and every conservationist:


It is perfectly true that for folks like us "Every Day is Earth Day." We live that way every day of the year, and few things are as important to us as our topsoils.

These are the SOILS we nurture to grow our crops, grass, and trees; the WATER that nourishes our crops, our trees, our livestock, and ourselves... and which is ultimately and perfectly naturally recycled and used again as clean water by our neighbors downstream. Our FORESTS surround our productive valleys.

We take seriously our stewardship of these valuable assets, which we owned for decades. At the same time, the benefits we share with wild animals and our hunt club members. While this farm property is privately owned and our operations are for-profit, our family operated for years under a long-standing personal commitment to do things in an eco-friendly and neighborly manner. Years ago we were among the first in Virginia to practice "no-tillage" agriculture, and we saw major benefits from that practice, which is now widely accepted nationwide.

We have also been involved with the
Forestry Management Committee at James Madison's home "Montpelier", which has a large productive forest used in many different ways. A fascinating forest management issue.

As a direct result of this involvement, the Ballyshannon Fund was instrumental in conceiving and funding the magnificent new Demonstration Forest Trail at James Madison's home, Montpelier. It's worth a visit and it's a short, easy, walk.

Beautiful, isn't it?

Our FORESTS - fine Virginia hardwoods like oak, yellow poplar, ash, hickory, and walnut - represent about half of our total acreage.

We are long-time members of the American Tree Farm System, the oldest certifier of sustainable forests in the United States, and we are interested in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program that continues to evolve here in Virginia. That initiative encourages - and we try to follow - forest management practices that are economically and environmentally responsible and that maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity. We do that by hiring only the most committed consulting foresters who advise what and where to harvest our timber crops and how improve out forests generally.

These FORESTS play a big part in buffering water and in serving as a collection point for the lower "sponge" areas, particularly so on our less-steep forested areas where water "spends a while" soaking in deeply and does not flow off as rapidly as it sometimes does on steeper slopes. Accordingly, we have much of our steeper land in permanent hardwood forests that are actively managed both for occasional harvest of high-quality hardwoods and - concurrently - enjoyment of our guests on long walks or horseback trail rides. Bundoran Farm vistors enjoy wildlife like the Ruffed Grouse
and the Hunt Club members pursue Whitetail Deer under the welcome guidance of the Virginia State Game Commission and its Wildlife Bioligists. We incorporate Timber Stand Improvement practices as well as having a few small impoundments to collect water.

Conservation of land by encouraging productive agriculture is not a new idea. "Great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country"... William Jenning Bryan at the 1896 Democratic convention.

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