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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Managing "the shift" in the forest.
Last years drought killed this red elm which is valuable for its rot resistance so i'm going to get a portable bandsaw mill in for a day. Amazed that my 1939 tractor could pull a 2' x 18 ' log, I started to look at what else I might else be able to drag to the lane to make a day of it. We will be milling at 3 to 4 logs per hour. The boat's deck seam resolution will involve laminated red elm bulwarks. There was a cherry tree crowding the power line and a maple on the inside of a corner in the lane that would be difficult to get the boat past. There's also the looming threat from the emerald ash borer. A few yeas ago I took down some massive butternut trees before their bugs finished them off. To round out the inventory will be some prime sugar maples between 2' and 3' in diameter.