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#1 posted 04-14-2016 12:23 AM



I thought I read a few decades ago, and I am serious, it was about 20-30 years ago, Mesquite was a protected species. Or is my memory bad.

- conifur

I think your memory is bad. hehe In Arizona, if you don’t own the land, you can’t collect it. If you know the land owner, and they let you take Mesquite, that’s good.Over 50% of Arizona belongs to the taxpayers, but if you want something off the land, permits are available for some things, but one location will not issue Mesquite , where the next county 20 mile away will. If you get a permit from the US Forest Service, you can collect pretty much anything dead and down only in designated areas.. Problem with that is dead and down. No one has really made the definition of exactly what it means, so it’s up to whoever checks your wood if you’re lucky enough to get checked. I think the definition should be Dead or Down.

Back a few decades, I saw a tree hugger program of the desert. In one segment they were calling Mesquite an invasive weed showing pictures taken in the ‘20’s,( barren ) and then in the 70’s, more mesquites than you could shake a stick at. You still can’t just get what you want unless you have a permit for the species and location.

Fan, that sounds like a good price, and Mesquite is an extremely stable wood. ............ Jerry (in Tucson).

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com


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