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By: ycd0108 , 9:18 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
Took this yesterday while searching for the stump the old rotting log cedar came from. We heard there had been a large forest fire here in the 1920s. In those days cedar was left to stand or felled to make a landing for the big fir. Some cedar was used for shingles (sawn) and shakes
(split). The wood is now sought after and the old growth like the rotting log and burnt out snag would fetch big dollars. Except in parks and forest preserves these big trees are long gone. One of the biggest "Second Growth" Fir stands about ten feet from the chair I sit in it's about 30" in diameter at felling height and probably 130' high or more. We measured the biggest tree we fell before I started snipping it up so I could yard 16' chunks. It was 96 feet from the 2' stump to where the feller snipped the top at about 4" diameter. So my height estimate might be conservative. I imagined that if this tree ever came down on my house it is so close that the house would roll it off 'cause it would not have space to accelerate. I'm not sure about that but maybe I'd have time to vacate the computer room.
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