- Jun 23, 2018
- Cottage Grove Lake, Oregon
Out here in Western Oregon we use the rule of thumb for every 1" in diameter breast height provide 1' of spacing diameter, so a 14" dbh douglas fir gets (very roughly) 14' diameter of spacing. Your mileage may vary. And it IS hard to kill (per-commercial thin) live trees when there are plenty of dead ones already needing harvested, but you'll just make matters worse waiting.You're right Al; the woods in the first couple pics really need to be thinned out. Kind of a pain to cut that stuff. Have to work in and create some "drop zones". All smaller trees like that have very little top weight to push there way down through even small branches and love to get themselves hung up.
And oak, cut split, delivered is well north of $300 per cord.
Here's some winter burning at my place, piles made and covered with plastic this summer easily go up now while it's soaking wet to reduce fuel load and give the very best trees spacing.
Same place from a different direction a few days after the burning - the blacktail doe and I are on speaking terms - she seemed curious about it all - obviously timber management doesn't have to scare the critters away - it makes things better for them too.
And there's also one of her two twins playing "Where's Waldo" in this photo.