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In some of the descriptions on my web pages, I have talked about cleaning and manicuring the woods. Here's a photo to show what I mean.  You can see my house through the woods. Notice that there are no dead trees lying on the ground or leaning against each other. All tree branches that have blown down have been cleaned up and burned. The forest is pristine. 

This is a photo of the property to the south of me that has done no clean up. The owner does not live there. Downed trees and branches are strewn everywhere. I don't want to look at this out of my windows. That's why I have always cleaned up my property. It's been a lot of work, but it's worth it!

Every year I cut up any trees and branches that have blown down. Some years there are more than others. In 2015 I sold five pickup loads of wood that I cut up from the property. If you want to burn the wood to heat the house instead of selling it, there is plenty available.

I make small brush piles around the property and burn when there is snow on the ground. It's a great way to enjoy the winter by roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the coals and embers after the fire subsides.

This photo doesn't really seem to fit this section that focuses on the forest, but I wanted to show that there are no ice dams on the roof in the winter. This house is extremely well insulated and the proper construction that circulates air from the overhang soffit vents up through the attic to the ridge vent keep ice dams from forming. It's absolutely fantastic!



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