Thursday, February 21, 2013

Update from the forest

Update!  

Horace Greeley hiked in to Gifford Pinchot's tree stand this morning and met the tree crew cutting within 100 ft. One tree was cut only 75 ft from the tree stand. Horace talked with them about exposing surrounding trees to wind gusts and blow downs and asked them to move on up the new Loop 323 jug handle about 200 yards east of Crawford branch where they continued cutting 70 year old forest on their way to Cummins Hill Rd. 

One worker, who is in the Laborers Union, said, 'I don't want to hurt anyone. I grew up in northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior and if this were coming through my community, I would have to quit work. I'm tired of being the bad guy.' Horace is in the woods somewhere nearby, ready to explain to workers the dangers of cutting too close and to stand in the way to protect Gifford if necessary. A volunteer EMT is on stand by.

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Horace Greeley hiked in to Gifford Pinchot's tree stand and talked to the logging crew who was cutting within 100 ft, and convinced them to stop.  They walked back to the other crew cutting toward Cummins hill Rd about 200 yards east of Crawford Branch. One worker who we will call Jake, said 'I grew up in northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior and if this was coming through my community, I'd have to quit work. I'm tired of being the bad guy.' Horace is now taking cover until the end of the work day to make sure no trees are cut around the sit. With the high winds, the biggest danger is exposed trees in the newly closed right of way blowing down.
 

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