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Friday, June 20, 2014

How to Build a Wildlife Habitat Snag

My tendency the last few months is to give you a feel-good post on Fridays, because we all need to feel good on weekends, right? And for many folks, the best way to feel good is to do something physical, and productive.

About three weeks ago, I shared a video of a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Wranglerstar as they identify themselves, taking on an unusually large project...sawing down a tree by hand. In this video, the same Wranglerstar shares with us a unique project that many can achieve, even though we may have to be a little more modest with the size of our project. Nevertheless, as a little weekend warrior inspiration, this video is great.

If you think the part where he tops out the tree looks dangerous, you're right...it is. Experienced climbers and saw handlers only need apply for that job.



In the last couple of minutes of the video, Wranglerstar makes some interesting comments on the value of snags in the forest ecosystem. He's right on. Although, when I studied forestry many years ago, we were taught to leave what we called "den trees" in any forest harvest we planned and executed, and at about the same density he proposes, one to two per acre. I don't know where they ever taught foresters to "clean" the forest bare as he claims in the video, but if they did, they were wrong.

Glad he has taken the time to shoot his project and explain the reasoning behind it. He recently posted a follow-up video that shows the results of his project...I'll share that and comment a little more extensively on the topic next week. In the meantime, get out and do a little outdoor project of your own this weekend...and feel free to share it with us in the comment section below.

To my buddy Tom up in Boston...no, lifting pints of Sam Adams does not qualify as physical productive activity. Even if it follows a round of golf. Get out and Go Wood, Tom.

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