Back in 2007, the plan to restore a 12 acre glade above the road leading to our house seemed easy enough. We had cleared a 3 acre glade when we were young and innocent (well at least innocent), using a chainsaw and an ATV with a winch, completing a prescribed fire in 2002. Much older and a little wiser we got help this time.
We hired Cody Secrest freshly graduated from college to clear the cedars off the hillside. When he was done it was head high in cedar slash and the salable logs were off to the mill.
|Cedar slash after the logs were harvested|
this video. I was concerned that this compacted carpet wouldn't burn - boy was I wrong!
With the help of MDC, we contracted with Jess to do the burn as well. When the big day came on October 18th, we had a crew including Master Naturalist volunteers* and Willie and Trevor, our always willing neighbors. Jess walked the fire line edge with a "weed eater" the size of a small ATV followed by Trevor with a blower. With a light breeze from the north northeast, we then began the fire on the top of the northeast hillside.
|Watching the fire line|
|Christine and Allan as the fire dies out.|
A previous blog gives details of the site and the reasons why we bother restoring glades.
We are grateful for all the help from MDC over the years of this project, and for the Master Naturalists and friends who watched the fire lines with rakes in hand.
|Missouri Gothic..... or end of a perfect day|