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I was out walking around the farm this past week photographing trees after a fresh snowfall.

Sumac

Sumac

White Pint

White Pine

About 25 years ago I decided to switch crops on my farm. I had been leasing out the land for grain and forage crops. When the person who was renting the land decided he didn’t need it for that purpose anymore I decided to plant all of it in White Pine. I had already planted some of the steeper hillsides in White Pine by hand using a spud. I was able to plant about 5,000 trees in about three days. However, planting 30 acres by hand was a bit daunting so I hired someone with a tree planter to plant the trees.

Around Thanksgiving the loggers came to harvest the first crop. They took out every third row of trees to allow the remaining trees more room to grow. One of the remaining rows will be taken out in about 10 years. It was fun watching the loggers work. They used a Log Harvester to cut the tree at the base. They then turned the tree and removed all of the limbs while cutting it into 8 foot lengths. If I only had one of those to cut my firewood. On the other hand if I could afford one of those I probably wouldn’t need to cut firewood.

Log Harvestor

Log Harvestor

After one logger cut a couple of rows another logger came through with a Log Forwarder to pick up the logs and hall them back to a staging area where they were stacked. A few days later a log truck came to pick them up.

Log Forwarder

Log Forwarder