I have bad news and great news about the logging job that happened by Baystockland. The bad news is, it happened. Picture a line that runs from right before the main entrance through Murray’s campsite, everything towards Butterfield Road from this line has been select cut. The selecting part of the cut left all our huge pines and most of the smaller pines standing. In between these lonely standing giants are all the other tree tops and brush. This makes simply walking through the woods here nearly impossible without some clearing and clean up. Everyone, even if they are not camping in this area should bring a chainsaw, hatchet or handsaw. If possible, a pickup truck, wheelbarrow or a pair of gloves to help distribute this amazingly free firewood to campsites would be helpful.
The great news is, we had the best logger ever for this cut. His name is Mike Kurilla, he lives in Mason. He found evidence of our “great civilization” and was painstakingly careful not to disturb fire rings, woods piles, and what he determined to be existing campsites. He moved brush away from all the roads so every one is drivable. He did not cut trees in strategic places such as near the fire ring, or the support tree that helps hold up the stage tarp. He did not disturb any benches in the bowl. The old sound booth is still there. He worked really hard with the county to minimize impact for us.
We really are lucky, this could have been so much more drastic and inconvenien
And possibly no more firewood runs for the rest of our natural lives, more like a firewood amble. The land on the opposite side of Butterfield has been logged also. We have been harvesting tree slices and stumps to make tables, longer oak cuts for support beams, the possibilities are endless. The spot looks very different, we can see the sunset from our campsite. We can practically see the license plates of cars on Butterfield. After the initial shock, it’s really not that bad.
Duwayne did buy his property out of the county program to save it from logging. As people see what could have happened to our entire happy party ground, hopefully we will be able to garner further donations to help him pay off his loan.