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The Golden Chanterelle



They're prized by the world's top chefs. They're served in the most elegant restaurants. You'll pay a pretty penny for them at farmers' markets. Yet they're abundant and often free for the taking in forests all over the world. Even a newcomer can gather them easily after only a few minutes instruction.

I'm talking about Chanterelle mushrooms. You can pluck these golden gems in the hills of Alabama, the ancient wald of Germany or a suburban park in Atlanta. 

The Chanterelle is distinctive and beautiful. It's a great target for novice mushroom hunters, because it's both easy to identify and rewarding to the tongue. Procuring high grade pine timber for McShan Lumber keeps us in the woods and offers the opportunity to locate these golden patches of Chanterelles.

Where and when do you find them?

Chanterelles grow in a symbiotic relationship with living trees. They gather moisture and minerals to feed the trees, and in return, trees offer the mushrooms food in the form of photosynthesized carbohydrates.

Because of that intricate relationship, Chanterelles are almost impossible to cultivate and are not yet commercially grown.

In many parts of the world, including the Southeast, they grow around the base of oak trees. In the Pacific Northwest, they favor Douglas-fir and western hemlock forests. But wherever you seek them, you'll always find them around the base of living trees.

Chanterelles are a spring or early summer crop in the southeast. Look for them after rainstorms in late May through July. In the Pacific Northwest, they're a fall crop, popping up after the rainy season arrives and producing until the first frost.  The shape of a mature Chanterelle has been described as a funnel, a goblet, or a trumpet. It does not have a separate stem and cap, but a graceful, almost seamless curve in which the stem broadens and unfurls to become the cap.

I learned how to identify Chanterelle mushrooms for the first time last year. For over twenty years I had been walking past these gems not knowing how easy they were to identify or how delicious they were. YouTube offers a world of helpful tips on Chanterelle identification and after a few videos anyone should have the confidence to identify and enjoy these fruits of the forests.


McShan Lumber's Certified Content label for June 2015 sales. The percent content changes monthly and reflects the previous month's batch average.

Lumber Certification gaining steam with a program to help smaller mills and landowners.





EXPO 2015: A Great Show
With a total of 2,206 attendees and exhibitors registered, Expo 2015 - SFPA's 33rd Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition - was a resounding success June 10-12.  Featuring a floor plan that was 45% larger than the 2013 event and total attendance up 18%, the wood industry was ready to show off the latest equipment, technology and services available. Displays of 188 exhibitors covered more than 54,000 square feet of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

"With our industry in full recovery mode, people came to Expo 2015 with a mindset to invest in their operations," noted exposition director Eric Gee. "Exhibitors met with a quality crowd, including company representatives ready to purchase new equipment and services from industry leaders," he added. 
With the show's theme: ATTEND LEARN PROFIT, exhibitors were impressed with the quality crowd attending all three days of the show. "Our sales team stayed busy all three days. I'm glad we booked a larger space this year to show off more equipment," said one exhibitor. "The quality contacts we wanted are here," commented another exhibitor.

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Impressive numbers
All it takes is a drive down any road in Alabama for one to come to the conclusion that there is an abundance of timberland - commercial forestland - in the state. This conclusion is substantiated by 2014 Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) data which shows that the amount of timberland in Alabama has increased to an all-time high of 23 million acres. 

July 4th Holiday Schedule
McShan Lumber will shut down production for the week June 30-July 3.

However, we will be loading trucks for lumber shipments. The loading schedule will be:

Monday-Thursday  ( June 29 - July 2 )   7:00-4:00 CST.       Closed Friday.

George Washington's

           rules of

Civility & Decent Behavior



This is the fifth of eleven McShan Plane Dealer newsletters featuring 10 of the 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.


By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington's schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the twelve-year-old son of a doctor. 

Today many, if not all of these rules, sound a little fussy if not downright silly. It would be easy to dismiss them as outdated and appropriate to a time of powdered wigs and quills, but they reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find. The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together. 


41.  Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Professes; it Savours of arrogance.


42.  Let thy ceremonies in Courtesy be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou converses for it is absurd to act the same with a Clown and a Prince.


43.  Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.


44.  When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.


45.  Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Show no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness.


46.  Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time & Place convenient to let him him know it that gave them.


47.  Mock not nor Jest at any thing of Importance break no Jest that are Sharp Biting and if you Deliver any thing witty and pleasant abstain from laughing thereat yourself.


48.  Wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than precepts.


49.  Use no Reproachful Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile.


50.  Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any. be continued


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Air Force Graduation class from nearby Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Ms.
Quotes on Liberty

To honor this Independence Day, we've rounded up some favorite quotes about liberty. While you enjoy some precious, well-deserved free time, take a moment to reflect on the freedoms we're fortunate to experience in this country every single day.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  ~Thomas Paine

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  ~Elmer Davis

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  ~Woodrow Wilson

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.  ~Lyndon B. Johnson

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.  ~Louis D. Brandeis

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.  ~George Bernard Shaw

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!  ~Daniel Webster

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America" 






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