We are hoping to RAKE THE FORESTS this summer!

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,480
No, haha, this is not a Trump joke.  We really are going to rake the forest this summer.  Of course it is naive to assume that simply raking a forest will prevent the horrific wildfires that sweep through the west each year, but raking in certain areas is a part of a bigger effort to help preserve a natural forest. 

Before the European Conquest and genocide of native peoples, forests in the west kept a natural balance by the recurrence of lightning-strike fires or fires set by indigenous humans for the purpose of flushing out game.  But over the last century or more, fire suppression efforts have allowed huge amounts of fuels and "fire ladders" to build up, thus causing abnormally large and often deadly conflagrations in our forests. Thus, efforts to reduce fuels are now necessary- efforts that include cutting out brush and dead or weakened trees, prescribed (AKA "control") burning and, yes, some raking.  The raking aspect comes into play with helping preserve old growth trees by removing vegetation and leaf litter from the base of large legacy conifers.  This is a small part of the job, but one that my wife and I are capable of helping with.  We may be getting old but, dang it, we can still rake! We have applies to do some volunteer work and hopefully will be looking forward to the opportunity to do what ever we can to help this summer. 

Only now (even though I highly doubt the man knew what he was talking about) I probably shouldn't make as many jokes like this anymore...



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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 7,260

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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,480
    ^^^ LOL

    Well, Donald, there's sooooo much more to it than that.  I'm sure you understand (haha).
    "Hate your job, love your stuff
    If you think that's living, you are
    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong"
    -Juliana Hatfield
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  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 21,707
    Can’t you use a blower instead of a rake ? You can probably clean a whole mountain side in a yr or two ...
    jesus greets me looks just like me ....
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 20,296
    This is an amazingly daunting task Brian.  Wow I applaud this.

    I did landscaping and hated, I mean HATED spring cleanups with picking up all the leaves so I know what this will be difficult.
  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 7,260
    Now, will FEMA supply the rakes?  Or does California need to supply the rakes...should get your order in now...
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,480
    Can’t you use a blower instead of a rake ? You can probably clean a whole mountain side in a yr or two ...
    LOL!
    This is an amazingly daunting task Brian.  Wow I applaud this.

    I did landscaping and hated, I mean HATED spring cleanups with picking up all the leaves so I know what this will be difficult.
    Don't be too impressed my friend- I told them "we are seniors (I hat that word, haha) so probably not your most able bodies volunteers".
    Now, will FEMA supply the rakes?  Or does California need to supply the rakes...should get your order in now...
    Haha- we'll probably take our own.
    "Hate your job, love your stuff
    If you think that's living, you are
    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong"
    -Juliana Hatfield
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.







  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 6,618
    brianlux said:
    Can’t you use a blower instead of a rake ? You can probably clean a whole mountain side in a yr or two ...
    LOL!
    This is an amazingly daunting task Brian.  Wow I applaud this.

    I did landscaping and hated, I mean HATED spring cleanups with picking up all the leaves so I know what this will be difficult.
    Don't be too impressed my friend- I told them "we are seniors (I hat that word, haha) so probably not your most able bodies volunteers".
    Now, will FEMA supply the rakes?  Or does California need to supply the rakes...should get your order in now...
    Haha- we'll probably take our own.
    Hopefully you'll using American rakes made in America
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,480
    brianlux said:
    Can’t you use a blower instead of a rake ? You can probably clean a whole mountain side in a yr or two ...
    LOL!
    This is an amazingly daunting task Brian.  Wow I applaud this.

    I did landscaping and hated, I mean HATED spring cleanups with picking up all the leaves so I know what this will be difficult.
    Don't be too impressed my friend- I told them "we are seniors (I hat that word, haha) so probably not your most able bodies volunteers".
    Now, will FEMA supply the rakes?  Or does California need to supply the rakes...should get your order in now...
    Haha- we'll probably take our own.
    Hopefully you'll using American rakes made in America
    What?  You mean, stuff is still made in America? Haha- could be!
    "Hate your job, love your stuff
    If you think that's living, you are
    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong"
    -Juliana Hatfield
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.







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