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Removing Trees To Bring In Electricity, #1

July 15, 2014

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The representative of Duck River Electric Co-op says we have to remove trees so utility poles can be placed & electrical lines run.

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But these are seriously old trees, some with trunks over 2 feet thick. Doesn’t matter. A 40-foot corridor is required.

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“Sure we can do it. $4500 & I’ll get to it sometime around the end of July. That’s going to take a lot of chipping.”
“Can’t you use the trees for something? It seems such a waste.”
“Nope, but they’ll make a ton of mulch.”

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“Well, I can get over here Thursday, but it will cost about $200 to move the equipment.”
So how much total?”
“$200. I will use the trees for lumber, at least the trunks that are at least 12 inches across.”
Stewardship of the land & our bank account! When we get ready to build a pond & need to remove trees, guess who I’m calling?

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His dad operated the backhoe that had a heavy-duty chain. The trees were not “felled” – they were brought down in a controlled fall using the backhoe. If they had been allowed to fall, the trunks would have split making them worthless for lumber.

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Just 2 men, a backhoe & a chainsaw.

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