At The Fence Line

It is a convergence of two different worlds at the boundary line of our property and the neighbor who is doing a very large clear cut.

From our side of the line, we have no vehicle access to the area because of the steep terrain, and the non-rocked hauling and skid roads until next summer. All the our roads have been water-barred for the winter with deep channels dug across to divert rain and runoff in an effort to keep from carving deep grooves on the downhill slopes. From the neighbor side of the line, logging has been in full swing for more than a month and will continue throughout the winter. Continue reading

From One Landing To Another

A front loader tractor moving a logWith the logging project squashed for the winter, Mike has been busy transferring the bits and pieces of the left-over logs from the back landing to the front landing.

These logs are destined to be worked up for the firewood project. On a typical year when the rains have not yet gooed up the place, I would be out there cutting them into chunks destined for the splitter, but as it is they are not in a good spot for production. Continue reading

During The Logging Lull

We had tried to make it up the hill into the forest  driving the Gator via the back road, this is the old skid road we have to get up the hill. It is much steeper and more narrow than the road we have been using. The thought was that there would be low vegetation like grass, vines of wild blackberries and dog fennel, growing on this seldom used road would help with traction.

Mike had the Gator in low gear and in 4-wheel drive as he began up the road but ran into trouble of the first switchback, he could not get enough traction to propel the vehicle both up and around the tight turn. It took a 12-point turn in order to get the Gator facing downhill to make it down the short trek to the bottom.

Our loggers have both the Barko machine and the large shovel stuck up here while the roads dry out enough to move them back downhill. Luckily the crew has projects on other properties that they can work on while this site is on mud delay.

grass pasture with black angus cowsSince we have been stuck on the lower end of the property, we have noticed that the pastures have started to green up from our series of thunderstorms over the last week. The herd is enjoying the fresh greens since this is most likely the last growing spurt of the summer.

T Minus Eight And Counting

Sunday afternoon Mike and I were working on the mess on the top of the hill that is our property line, barb wire fence line and wind-ravaged, fallen and broken trees that litter the ridge line. He cut through a few fallen wild cherry trees and was going to pull them out of the way when strands of barb wire ended up wound up in and around the tracks of the logging bulldozer.

With him inching the dozer forward and backward while I tugged at the broken strands, we were able to free the dozer to once again attack the criss-cross tangle of trees and fencing. Continue reading

While We Wait For The Pole Truck

Log truck heading up dusty road into the forest We are busy on the other side of the ridge while we wait for the pole truck to clean out the rest of the timber in the back landing.

The truck that hauls most of our timber to mills is this beauty owned by Weller Timber Corp. Not only do they do the trucking each year for our property but they are also the loggers that did the back patch on steep ground and the thinning operation currently in progress on the top of the hill on the other side of the ridge.

This truck is a self-loader, meaning that it has a crane/boom between the cab and the bed of the truck to pick up trees that have been cut for the mill and can load the truck ready for hauling. The pole trucks that we are waiting for do not have the unit for picking up logs giving the truck quite a bit more space in order to haul those really long logs. Since the pole truck does not have its own crane, a piece of equipment strong enough to handle the loading process needs to be ready to load the truck. The Weller crew has that equipment on site since they are using it during the thinning job on the other side of the ridge. Continue reading

At The Back Landing

A bump in the landscape on the steep hillsideLooking at the logging patch of hillside from the top of the hill makes the area look tame. The loggers had to be careful when falling to avoid hitting the younger trees that are growing on the far side of the stand and below the falling area.

They have been bringing the trees out of the woods tree length so they can process them into logs out in the open of the landing where the ground is relatively flat. Continue reading