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Jul. 30th, 2014 @ 09:25 am I'm back in my account!
Too many email accounts and I have a habit of using a lot of different passwords and had forgotten mine. Forgot what email account was tied to it to!

Have a great deal of trouble getting the timber on the tree farm thinned :(

Trees were planted twice cause the first summer we had a drought, the timber company assumed the seedlings had died and came back and replanted it all again for nothing...

The seedlings actually were thriving, the soil up there is perfect for timber and I am just the end of a sand and gravel aquifer, even have smooth pebbles near the surface in a few spots and seven springs to drink right from the ground. Layer of clay eight feet down stops the water from draining from the sand so they did great.

So did the second planting LOL!

I didn't know a thing about being a tree farmer way back then and I DID tell them the trees were fine but let them replant cause I figured the more the better. Bad Decisions. My trees are tall as heck now after 20 years but they are two feet apart and really only suitable to be chipped for making paper cause they are so skinny. I am wanted a severe thinning, keeping just 50 to 60 of the biggest trees so they branch out and form a canopy in five years, clear a 30 foot wide perimeter, seven acres for a future Home and orchard, 20 feet wide roads, about a mile and a half worth and I need to clear a right away to run power to where eventually I'd like to build a home to retire in.

Not enough timber dollars for a timber company to justify relocating their equipment and paying me by the ton. All signed up for the timber program again so I can have the forestry department help me do a controlled burn this Winter or Spring, than another in three years. Put in fire brakes and get all the technical assistance I need to control erosion cause the property is a huge valley with stream though the middle, the steepest slopes in the county and not at all what people envision when imagining a flat Florida...

I've resorted to trying to give the timber away for the work of thinning it and all, which is a risk cause I hate to say it but a lot of timber companies will promise you the world, then go in and tear stuff up and leave a huge mess :(

Mary's caregivers are already working too hard so I would be hesitant to ask them to work longer days for a week so I could stay on the property and be straw boss.

I can hear a pin drop in this place and it needs a serious dusting!
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Date:September 3rd, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)

your last post

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Wish I could figure out how to get a lot of trees to plant here in Oklahoma. I have lost a lot of trees due to drought, ice storms, and earth quakes :(
From:Dianne Armstrong
Date:September 3rd, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)

your last post

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Did you get my last post? Did it say anonymous, or show it was me ?
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Date:October 5th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)

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Thought I had unscreened it Dianne!
Date:September 12th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)

Timber Companies

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We had a supposedly very reputable and well reviewed timber company thin about an acre and a half on the university grounds. Unfortunately they ended up bringing in a lot of cheap, poorly trained labor and not only did they make a huge mess of things (no drainage when they were done, rutted paths) but took down about 50% of the trees that we had very clearly marked to not cut, one of those trees came down on an outdoor storage shed that was fortunately mostly empty. The company paid the damages but the value of a 100+ year old tree is hard to asses so we were left in the lurch so to speak.

Hope your doing O.K. I lost track of all the things I used to do on the internet while things have gotten very busy for me. I have been working over-time swing shifts at least 2-3 nights a week this summer.
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Date:October 5th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)

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doing Ok RT!