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Old 08-16-2009, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pics and Story: FOE Tree Farm Workparty

On Saturday August 15th, The Friends of Eldorado National Forest spent the day thinning a tree farm in Eldorado.


This tree farm was planted in 1985 WAY back in the forest hidden down a dirt road off of Silverfork road. 7 acres were planted with different strains of pine trees from Mexico to Washington to see which ones would grow best in Eldo, which types would be effected by different tempatures than where they orginally come from, etc. It is basically a huge science experiment.

With the trees being planted 6 feet apart in rows, It was near impossible to even walk into the planted grove becuase it was so thick. Our job was to cut down the trees that were not marked as saved, and prune the other pine trees to eye level to open up the area.

Since the FS only allows people that are certified to use chain-saws when working with them, I did not do a mass mail to everyone becuase I was worried there would not be enough work. Man, was I ever wrong

We managed to clear maybe an acre of the tree farm. (6 more acres left) but it made a HUGE difference. (Rick has better before and after shots, hopefully he will post those Monday)

We stacked several MASSIVE burn piles, and all the trees that we cut out, we limbed the logs and stacked them so FOTR can use them on the Rubicon for various projects.

Here's a few pics that Lisa took:

These two give you an idea of what it was like "before"



Rick working, Jerry Stupid-vising.



Jerry and Alfred discussing Politics:



After we cut down the trees, we had to limb them (Alfred and an axe, when he coulda used my Echo)



Then we had to carry the branches out:



Or, we loaded branches into the FS truck to haul out. (Notice my driver Jeremy Hengl on the back of my CalROCS T-shirt. He won his class in yesterday's Rockrace BTW!)



Another shot of the truck:



More pics to come...hold on!
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We then used the truck to create MASSIVE burn piles:



Which Mrs. Supermodel then proceeded to jump into:



This is just ONE of the stacks of logs for FOTR. We got a TON of these:



We left a lot of logs in the grove too, I think Rick is gonna pull them out today since he is still up there.


We had something like 10-15 chainsaws going at once:





Even the kids did a great job. They helped out a lot:



an idea of AFTER:



Some extremely good looking, buffed guy:

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Another slash pile, we stacked a TON of these puppies:



No, it's not Sasquatch. It's me pruning some of the trees. Gives you an idea on how thick it was:



Matt from the Kyburz Krawlerz came up for a few hours to help since this is essentially his backyard:



Nothin like CHAINSAWS!



El Presidante' Ricardo



I busted out my Echo, AKA: Mr. BIG! It's my little carving saw, but it was perfect for limbing and pruning. I even managed to carve a little bear with it. Dunno what Lisa did with those pics though...



More logs for FOTR



An idea of "after" you could not even walk into this section before becuase it was so thick:
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Side notes:

I stopped at Trouts (FISHMOUTH FAB-WORKS) on the way up to check on the progress of Travis 4405 buggy for the 1,000 mile long Vegas to Reno race. I dropped off a SPOT unit and we stickered the buggy with some "Keep Public Lands Open to the Public" stickers. Make sure you watch that race on IIRC tracking and look for the 4400 class!

On the way home, I stopped at the Little Sluice meeting for a few minutes. Good number of the Rock Zombies there. Good work Bebe and MFS!

(By the way: THANKS to MFS for the V2R help!!! )
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There were about 15 pictures that were just not there. I don't know what happened to them, but they are gone. Including the pics of the carved bear.
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Which one? I cut 2 (well 1 1/2, my Echo bound up 1/2 way though the 2nd one). Does it say FOE on it?
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Great job, folks! This should be serious goodwill with the Forest, and helps kinda repay that they got so many folks certified for saws.

Sorry I couldn't make it up, but I'm stoked at how much you all got accomplished -- there's a VISIBLE improvement in the pictures, and that should get us set nicely for just about any Rubicon project out there!

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Great job everyone, sorry could'nt be there but will be there on the 26th of sep. Don
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Which one? I cut 2 (well 1 1/2, my Echo bound up 1/2 way though the 2nd one). Does it say FOE on it?
Collin has the 1/2 a bear and would like you to finish it next time.
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Some more before and afters from Rick:










Great work people!
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According to Rick:

We cut down around 300 trees.

We limbed another est. 300 trees to eye level.

I can't walk or put my arms over my head. Still got sap on my legs.
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I have to say this was a great project for me. I had a blast working there and even have gotten permission to go back and do some more

The temperature was 34 when we got there at 7:30am, brisk but good working temp, I knew it would warm up a lot. After dropping the first few trees it started getting warm. Long pants, saw chaps, hard hat...you started get hot real fast. Topped out at 78 by mid day, may not seem hot but I am sure we all lost a few pounds. We drank lots of water and did an awesome job.

The Forest Service and two Genetics people worked just as hard and were great people.

We got a lot done, and made a noticable difference. I should have a letter tomorrow allowing us to move as many of the logs to my house to store for projects on the Rubicon and other areas of the forest (anyone with a large trailer and a few strong backs let me know, I need help on this).

Thanks again to all that could help out, you did a great job!
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Great job folks, looks like you had a blast too!. Wish I could have made it, but we're spending every spare minute working to get ready for cantina.

Have 10K trailer I may be able to help haul logs with after cantina. Hit me up there about it.
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.... move as many of the logs to my house to store for projects on the Rubicon and other areas of the forest (anyone with a large trailer and a few strong backs let me know, I need help on this).
Rick, My car trailer is available, But I'm busy for the next few weekends, let me know..

my 7000# trailer would be easy to OVERload.. need an equipment trailer.

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wow, AWESOME work by all.
I'm reminded of so much by looking at these pics here.
First, of my logging days.
Second, of how much I love work parties.
And third, of the movie Chainsaw Massacre.

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ps. honestly, GREAT job FOE.
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ps. honestly, GREAT job FOE.
Thanks Del.

I went back up this weekend and brought a load of logs down to store at my house for future work parties on the Rubicon or anywhere else in the Eldorado National Forest.
I also spent 6 hours limbing the branches from another 300+ trees..woohoo only 1500 more to go!!

I am going to get together another small group of people to go up there before the snow falls to get-r-done

let me know if anyone has interest
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Hey guys, had some fun on that one! Wish i could have stayed longer. Next time, keep me posted. Matt
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