Forestry Friday … Logcicles!

THE FORESTER ARTIST

We store logs in decks during the Summer so we have enough wood to run the mill all year-long.  Logging is curtailed in California during the Winter.  In the Winter logging is restricted to dry rainless periods or hard frozen conditions to avoid muddy runoff.

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The log decks have sprinklers on top of them.  This keeps the logs soaked, which keeps the wood in good condition until the logs are milled.  We had a cold snap last week that got down into the teens.  Irrigating the logs when it gets this cold creates quite an ice show.

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They used to keep the logs wet in log ponds.  Now the log ponds are our water supply for irrigating the logs and other mill needs.  The local wildlife now make the old log ponds home.

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