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Here are a few pictures of the logging operation that is just about done. They are down to the last 200 acres of the clear cut. It looks pretty rough now but by this summer should green right up. I am considering to reforestation programs with the area forrester but that will come later.
 

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Chief,

Are "they" going to clear cut on your property? Can you give us a better idea as to what we are seeing with regard to your property and where it is in relation to your house?

What would you reforest with? What are the trees in the foreground we are seeing?
 

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Chief,

Are "they" going to clear cut on your property? Can you give us a better idea as to what we are seeing with regard to your property and where it is in relation to your house?

What would you reforest with? What are the trees in the foreground we are seeing?
Greg, these pictures are of a large tract of land recently acquired by the family. This tract of land is about 5 miles from the ranch we are moving too. Unfortunately the owner of the property had already been engaged in clear cutting this tract of land for over a year. The terms of the sale required allowing the owner to complete the clear cut. Were it up to me; I would NEVER have cut a twig here. It is frustrating to see such deforestation but it was out of our hands. Most of the the timber you see cut in these pictures went to the pulp paper mill. At least I don't have to worry about people steeling timber. ;O) Within 5 years, the sappling will be at least 10 ft. high and the wildlife LOVE the tender chutes or newly regenerationg vegetation and forest. It will never be cut again.........at least not in my life time. On the plus side, all of these logging roads are gonna make some REALLY kewl ATV routes!
 

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Thanks should be given that they are not clear cutting the whole forest..... Are you going to be allowed to plant your choice of seedlings?
 

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Thanks should be given that they are not clear cutting the whole forest..... Are you going to be allowed to plant your choice of seedlings?
There in lies the rub. There are SEVERE fines and penalties if you fail to follow prescribed forrestry "best management practices" and the erosion or run off can be traced to you especially if it contributes to damage caused in a flood. There are a lot of forrestry companies who own large tracts of land in this area and they are REAL unpopular with the locals for this very reason. That is why they did not cut the low areas. They are afraid of being sued. The creeks and rivers are filling up with silt and gravel. This tract of land came from a large forresty company. When I took these pictures; I was escorting the county forrester around the property to give him a looksee to get his recommendations for a forrestry management plan. He is working it up. The ridge tops will most likely be reforrested in pine (pine is about the only thing that can grow on a ridge top that high due to lack of water) and the rest a mix of hardwoods.
 

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Sounds like it's gonna be a very nice of property for you and the family. The roads will definately make a great cruisin track...:furious: :furious:
 

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A shame that the powers that be make decisions for the rest of us.... I work on clearing land by the acres and it makes me ill as to what is wanted in place of the flora that made this state.... I can see the same goes up there to a point...Money can get almost anything done...


ps. Well Chief your grandchildren will be the ones to really enjoy those trails... I was out on a yamaha 4 wheeler for a couple hrs this past weekend and I still can feel what age has wrung upon me....
 

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That's a fine looking piece of land Chief!! Check teh ground cosely, if there is much natural regeneration, you might want to pass on planting, the natural growth will always overtake planted seedlings.;) Give it a few years and have it thinned, it will make a beautiful stand in a surprisingly short time! We are currenty cutting a block of woods that my father has cut or seen cut for the third time!! First time was around '47-48, (he was 4 or5), he cut it again in 69-70 and thinned in 80 or 81, and we have been cutting it agian for the last 2-3 years.
 

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I have been down there the past week and after inspecting several areas of the cut; I am going to do exactly that. Most of the areas already cut have sappling chutes coming up about waist high. I am going to wait and see what kind of bare area's we get after a period allowed for good growth and plant those areas in pine.
 

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Natural regrowth is always the healthiest (cheepest too;) ). If there are thin areas you can always do a "fill plant' later.
Hard woods will sucker from the stumps left from the parent trees, so you may have an over abundance of hardwoods, but that can be corrected when the stand is thinned later on.;)
 

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I got out my 22 year old Cannon AE-1 Program and the 28 year old Kodacolor II film and took some really cool pictures of the guys skidding logs and working the grapple crane loading the trucks. Hopefully the film will turn out. I am going to take it to Walmart for developement today or tomorrow. If the pictures turn out; I will have them transfers to a CD and post them here.
 

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I have a slight correction to make about the film.............it expired 28 years ago. It is more like around 30 years old. My ancient Cannon AE-1 Program I purchased at the PX at Camp Stanley Korea in early 1983 so the camera is probably close to 30 years old too. You all be the judge if you think this film spoiled many years ago. I am going to have to work on the exposure as some of the pictures came out real grainy due to too much sun. I was using the AE program that exposes the film automaticly.

Anyway, this is a picture of the logging company's owner's son operation the grapple crane and cutting logs to length. I wish I could cut through logs like that! ;O)
 

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Chief,
I bought my Canon AE-1 back in 1987. It has been around the world 5 times, to an Olympic games, a bunch of weddings, and every vacation I have been on since '87, surviving over 40 aircraft flights. The camera is almost industructable. I use a digital camera at work (company camera) and the way it eats batteries and quits when you are in the middle of something has convinced me so far not to go digital. Your pics look good!
 

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A Tiger Cat tree feller. This machine has a huge (about 3 ft. across) saw wheel with tungsten carbide teeth driven by a hydraulic motor. They try to use this machine as much as possible due to its ability to cut the tree off at ground level and recover as much wood as possible.
 

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