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What does the wildlife habitat work entail Burnham?

 

In that case Steve, I was infecting healthy trees with phelinus pini so that rot pockets develop. These then can be exploited by cavity nesters...woodpeckers at first, then neo-tropical songbirds like mountain bluebird. We do this in stands that are deficit in natural snags from past mnagement practices.

 

The process is to drill a series of holes about 3/4 inch in diameter, about 6 inches deep. You then insert an inoculated dowel into the hole and then top it off with a short length of plastic pie that keeps the tree from pitching the hole closed. We do this at about 75 feet up the tree, or in some cases about 40 feet.

 

I spur climb to do this...the biologists consider the gaff damage a side benefit to the prescription.

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Todays tree. Had an interesting get up with a squirrel. Toook out my last top and I heard a thump on the chipper. Looked down to see him slammed on the chute, twitching. He eventually ran off a little bruised after holding onto a wire for a lil bit.

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It looks like the squirrel is doing a pull-up.

 

Intresting Burnham. Not enough declining trees because it has been logged? Do you guys ever put nest boxes up?

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Intresting Burnham. Not enough declining trees because it has been logged? Do you guys ever put nest boxes up?

 

That's the general gist. Across the landscape, a drainage may well have fewer than the average number of snags because so much of the acreage has been logged and replanted. Younger stands tend to be healthier and thus have fewer natural snags. So there are plenty of trees, as out reforestation program is quite successful, but not enough unhealthy, dying, or dead to support the desired level of snag dependent species.

 

Yes, I have put up a bajillion bird and some bat boxes. The problem with them is that squirrels, chipmonks, and wasps like them alot, and annual maintenance is needed for them to be effective. The $$ never seems to be there for that, unfortunately.

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