1 My farm crew has been working on fallen tree removal, one section of the property at a time.
2 The forceful hurricane winds tumbled trees all over my 153 acres.
3 The chainsaws have been working overtime sawing off branches.
4 All of the branches are being dragged out of the woods and fed into this wood chipper, which has also been working overtime. The wood chips are blown right back into the woods, where they will eventually decompose.
5 This appears to be an American Ash tree, a species native to eastern North America.
6 The wood of this tree is white and quite dense. Because it is very strong and straight-grained, there is a high demand for it.
7 Ash is the go-to choice for wooden baseball bats and many tool handles are fashioned from it. The lumber is also highly desirable for furniture and flooring.
8 To keep up with the high demand for the lumber, ash trees are cultivated in many forest areas.
9 The trunk of the ash was sawed into approximately 8-foot lengths.
10 Those sections will be transported and added to the rather enormous growing pile of logs near Dominic Arena's saw mill at the compost area.
11 Uprooted in the same area was a stately maple, which grew alongside one of the little streams.
12 The root mass will be pushed back into position when the ground thaws and nature will take its course.
13 Of course, sugar maple trees are tapped in springtime for their sap, which is boiled down to produce maple syrup and maple sugar, and maple timber is another highly desirable hard wood that has many practical and beautiful uses.
14 With a rotten core, this shagbark hickory was quite compromised standing up against any strong wind.
15 Pete chainsawed it as close to the ground as possible.
16 One good push to topple it over
17 Pete wrapped a big chain around the rotten trunk. Notice the hollow core?
18 The other end of the chain was attached to the extended arm of the Hi-Lo and the pulling began.
19 The extended arm of the Hi-Lo telescoped in, dragging the hickory trunk out of the woods.
20 The Hi-Lo is an indispensable piece of farm equipment.
21 Transporting the hickory
22 This unwanted tree trunk was taken to the pile of wood designated for the tub grinder.
23 A pine tree down there
24 More fallen trees there
25 There are two distinct log piles at the compost yard.
26 The logs on the right hand pile are straight and strong and are all good candidates for the sawmill to cut into useful lumber.
27 The pile on the left, where the rotten hickory was placed, will eventually be ground up, when we hire the giant tub grinder, and will be turned into compost for the farm. These logs could be split for firewood, but I already have plenty.
28 This is Dominic's Wood Mizer sawmill and from all of the new sawdust on the ground, it's obvious he's been cutting lumber.
29 These are stacks of lumber in the process of aging.
30 This project should keep Dominic quite busy for quite some time!