Weekend Postcard: Boggs Mountain State Forest

Winter is on its way in the northern hemisphere. Make sure to clear all those things that are meant to channel water: culverts, ditches, eaves, and the like. An ounce of prevention saves a ton of rock fill.

If memory serves, this damage happened on Boggs Road 400 above Spikenard Creek near John’s Trail. (see map below) I and a volunteer went out in a torrential rainstorm opening culverts, clearing inside ditches, with shovels. We just couldn’t be everywhere at once on the state forest’s 26 miles of dirt roads.

For a copy of the new Boggs Mountain State Forest map (PDF) go here.

Boggs Mtn State Forest (click to enlarge & use back arrow to return)

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Short Logger

Note the tracked loader putting logs onto a short bed trailer*

This is logging on Boggs Mountain State Forest around 1975.

The forest manager a that time say this is probably called a short log log truck pulling a short log trailer. There were not too many of these around (nowadays log forks are added onto a flatbed trailer). The operator liked it since it gave a reason to cut everything into short logs to avoid the scaling rules related to taper on the butt logs (the part of the log closest to the stump). Mills wanted 32 foot or 40 foot logs off the butt of the tree since the standard scaling rules specified the taper used. This driver knew the rule favored the mill not him, so he would cut a short log off the butt of the tree. Big operators never took the time to figure this one out, but the little guys had to do whatever they could to survive.

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