This past winter was not unreasonably cold, however it was very long so it made for one heck of a burning season. With snow on the ground for over 210 days and cold/rainy weather before and after, I used more firewood this past season than ever before. Now, with the shortened season of decent weather to recoup losses (if you count black flies, ticks and mosquitos as 'decent' weather), it's better to be proactive all summer so as to not be scrambling come next burning season. And the next season when you think about it, could start in just over three months for some of us.It seems like everyone is in firewood mode in one way or another. I love it, I moved a couple dump loads of ash and on pickup load of locust last night with the tractor till dark. I'll get some pics tomorrow. Everyone nice stacks and firewood piles looks like many will be ready for the coming winters!
Since I primarily utilize state and federal permits for dead & down, being proactive also allows me to be more selective about what I scrounge. I've only ever pulled hardwood however in years past when I've waited for cooler weather to collect timber, I haven't had the luxury of being too picky so I end up with a lot of uglies and PITA gnarly wood to split. All still good firewood but a lot more work. Right now I'm just focused on good, fresh, fairly straight downed trees.
Besides, the more I get done now, the more I can relax enjoy hunting season (hard to believe bear season is less than three months away now).