Saturday, May 10, 2014

Clearing Out...

Some time ago the local fire department sent out a brochure giving us tips to make a safer environment on our little island. The whole island is very conscious of fire hazards so in light of the information sent out we saw one item that we knew we would, sooner or later, need to do something about around our house.

The brochure stated that to make our home more safe in case of fires we should clear all large trees within 30 feet of the house/garage. Over the years we have cleared many trees but there were a few that we were reluctant to touch because we are rather fond of them.

But between the fire hazard and the nuisance of needles in our eaves troughs we submitted to the concept and this past week we started downing trees.

The little tree just outside the guest bedroom window was the tree targeted for the big saw.
 Sherwin made his saw cuts and noticed...
that where the tree was split as it grew,  it was coming apart. We didn't want the south facing branch of the tree to go flying off into the house when the top came down so we chained the two together and proceeded from there. You can see a chain going from the tree down to the tractor?

For the first few minutes I stood down there and pulled on the one ton chain winch and tightened it up but when I started to see the tree coming to meet me I traded places with Sherwin and he pulled on the chain and I watched, ready to yell for him to run for cover. We are a great logging team.
 You can see on the above photo how the tree pulled apart and all of a sudden it was cracked apart and down.
 We did apologize to the tree before we started and patted it and said goodbye.
Another day in the woods!

Be well.

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