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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by quads, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    Yes, in that area there are a few old white pine that produce a lot of seedlings. The number of young white oak coming up in most areas of the woods far outnumber the white pine though. It changed from prairie/grassland many decades ago to black oak and jackpine. Now the jackpine are gone and the black oak are thinning so that it's changing to white oak/white pine forest.

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  2. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Good morning screw loose. :cheese:


    zap
  3. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    HA zap! Yes, that's right! HAHA! And as further proof: 6°F at the moment. Coldest morning so far this season. Heading out into my woodsy office shortly with the top down on my ATV! Vroooom Vrooooom! HAHA!
  4. Pat53

    Pat53 Minister of Fire

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    Our local mill, Newpage (formerly Mead Paper) filed for bankruptcy a few months ago. It would be a major blow to our area if it closed.

    I talked with a pulp truck driver last week on my way to work who had a load of beech on his rig. I asked him where it was coming from. It was coming from up north and east of here, its all dying from some fungus or something. I asked where it was going, and he said Newpage. they had a contract for 5K cords at.... get this.... $110/cord !!! No wonder these mills are going out of business. They used to be paying about 1/2 that for hardwood pulp a few years ago.

    You can still buy hardwood firewood here for about $75-$85/cord delivered from the logging companies, but not that beech. Beech is some awesome firewood.
  5. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    It's been tough for the mills here as well . . . although the mills up in Millinocket/East Millinocket were purchased and restarted recently . . . folks there are also proceding with making something called "torified coal" or something to that effect . . . sounds like it is a coal product that is made out of wood that is supposedly cleaner than normal coal and used in Europe.
  6. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    Yes, actually I think the mill that is closing over here is one of their mills.

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