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Bill
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skid trails and clean up

Yesterday I was able to get a little futher up the mt. to check out the damage done but the muds slide we had in Feb. from a big early run off.

Today I decide to do some more clean-up of limbs the heavy snow knocked down so I got 1/2 doz. fires going. This is wher most my cedars grow but the are a lot of big fir 24 to 30" dia.

Than green in the top left hand corner of this next pick is 3 to4" diam. 20' long limbs so heavy I could hardly drag them to the fires. That was after I finished up in the first pic.

A few more days and I'll have the forest cleaned up then I'll tackle the mud sllde clean up where it knock out my trails and instal new culverts.

Baron
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Beautiful place Bill. The conifer forests are nice to walk through especially when they're all tidied up. 

Post Oakie
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The next generation will thank you for your work and dedication!  There is a saying that "a young man plants turnips, an old man plants trees."  Not that you & I are "old men"-- just thinking ahead to the legacy we'll leave behind.

Baron
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Bill,

Could you show us pictures of how you construct the culverts? I may need to construct some one day. 

My wife and I must be old then cause we're planting lots of trees. Our little 1/2 acre lot has the following planted on it since We moved in 7 years ago:

1 Viburnum Pragence, 2 Regal Prince Oaks, 1 Alaskan Cedar ,1 Black Gum, 1 Weeping Rivers Beech, 2 Shiraz Maple, 1 Southern Magnolia, 

3 Hardy figs, 3 Plum Yew, 3 Blackberry bushes, 1 forsythia, 4 Hydrangea, 1 dwarf Cryptomeria,1 Buckthorn, 2 Holly, 3 Mahonia, 1 Columnar Carolina Ironwood, 1 columnar English oak, 1 Weeping Norway spruce

In addition to that we have 1 existing River Birch and 2 Silver Maples. Very little room for turnups but we'll work them in to hedge our bets on age.

This coming spring we'll be planting 30 Lavender.

We still need 1 Perrotia and 3 Paperbark Maple to complete the landscaping. We'll haggle for them locally.

I personally would trade it all for the serenity of what you have If I could choose where and have my family move too. Your forests are very very different from ours in the mid-atlantic states.  (Grass is greener syndrome) 

 

 

Bill
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Baron I just dig a hole across the road and put in a pipe that's large enough to take the flow of water . Most of the water flowing here only happens in spring and normally a 4" plastic pipe would handle it but in some cases I install regular 12" culvert eg. under my driveway where a yr. round small creek flows. This spring was exceptional 1st time in 23 yrs. that a large mud slide came down the mt. there's a small lake about 4 miles up and it must have been dammed up and let go.

   Sounds like you have a regular multi species forest happening there I'm sure it's beautiful when everything green up.

Baron
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Bill, for the larger pipe do u instal a head wall with  concrete? Or it it just a simple earthen affair around the mouth of the pipe?

machamillion
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Bill,

Is that the ocean in the background of the one shot?

very nice.

Dewchie
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Nice forest Bill. How do you like your Kioti? Love Mine

Cheers!

Bill
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Baron I dig a nice deep hole on the inlet and shore it up around the edges with good size rocks.

 

Mac that's the hills arcross the valley below where we live you see in that photo I'm 5.5 hrs. drive from the ocean.

Steve I'm going to say so far it runs well at this time the dealer is determing whether to put a new transmision it it ( small oil leak) or give me a new tratcor . I've had this one since Dec.

 

Dewchie
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Bill I bought mine a couple of years ago used with they said was 1000 hrs on it and have had great luck with it. Knock on wood!!!  Hope all works well.

Bill
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I remember talking to you about Kioti when you boungt you tractor Steve.I'm sure glad it's working good for you they told me at the dealer they've had very few problems but I warned then that Murfy follows me around :o). The dealer came out to my place and took pressure reading on the tran. and now there's a new transmission on the way . When it gets here 2 days to instal then if there's any more problems they give me a new tractor so I can't really complain about the service. Seems like a good sturdy tractor I have approx. 100 hrs. on it now.

Baron
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What size is it Bill?

Bill
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4,000 # 30 HP not to large so it fits my trails between trees 1,100 lb. lift with the fel

Dewchie
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Well that sounds like great service to me. I did only have one problem and it was with the ignition switch. But that was just because the previous owner used it for straw or hay and it was full of that debris. I cleaned it up and works like a charm. The switch is quality built in my opinion. Bill do you clean up all your woods as nice as in your pics?

 

Bill
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Steve I keep about 20 acres of it looking like a park  & leave a patch here and there for wildlife cover. It takes a couple wks. every spring and fall to keep in under control. So far this yr. was exceptional and took an extra wk. or so. 

  Yes I'm getting exceptional service they are realling bending over backwards to keep me happy I certainly have no regrets dealing with them.