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I wasn't sure which forum topic to post this under…wasn't really anything in the presets, so I guess this is as good a coffee lounge topic as any…

Anyone living close to MO probably knows of the massive inland hurricane that flattened much of our timber last spring- that combined with construction being nearly nothing, is making for a lot of prime timber to lay in the woods to rot. A lot of it is good grade oak too- I don't think much of it is hurt, as the ground was so soft at the time of the storm it just went over without breaking it. Any ideas what could be done with it? I myself have about 15 large trees down next to my house, most being about 20" across at the base. I think I'll take some of the best ones to the mill and get them cut into 1" and 2" X stuff, and I guess strip stack it inside somewhere till I need it. I have got about 75 acres all together, and haven't checked all of it…there is going to be more than I can ever do anything with, even cutting it up as wood. Our town has got an even bigger problem…the north face of one of our big mountains looks like a big hand layed it flat…nobody can decide what to do with it- they say there is nothing economically feasible to do with it? My wife said they ought to make able bodied welfare recipients get up there and cut it, and haul it to those who burn wood and are getting heating assistance, but I doubt that would fly…so, any ideas out there?
 

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Hey Jon,
Havent heard from you in a while. A little history lesson: Back in 1938 New England was devastated by a hurricane and due to the massive deforestation at the time, the timber that was remaining had little shelter and was wiped out. The US government purchased the lumber as a natural resource. For more information see:

Salvage programs following the 1968 hurricane

Hope it gives you some ideas.

Now if only you could get it to Haiti for the rebuild process…..

Tim
 

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Love your wifes idea! Oh if only this were a prefect world.
Wish I could help out in some way - help me and you and any others that could find excellent uses for the timber.
 

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where in missouri are you? I don't remember anything like that…just the ice storm of '09 and the tornado a few years ago.

About 90 mi south of St. Louis- the damage was really intense south of Fredericktown. I think our worst ice storm (at least in this area) was in around '06? we lost a lot of good timber then too, but nothing like the wind storm.

I see you're from the bootheel…Howdy neighbor! I used to work in Malden at Falcon Communications.
 

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Hi Tim,

Good to hear from you too! thanks for the info, I'll check it all out…There has to be SOMETHING that can be done with this stuff. If nothing else, I wonder if they could sink a bunch of it underwater until it can be used. We have quite a few old mining lakes in the area…

Hey Jon, Havent heard from you in a while. A little history lesson: Back in 1938 New England was devastated by a hurricane and due to the massive deforestation at the time, the timber that was remaining had little shelter and was wiped out. The US government purchased the lumber as a natural resource. For more information see:

Salvage programs following the 1968 hurricane

Hope it gives you some ideas.

Now if only you could get it to Haiti for the rebuild process…..

Tim
 
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