This weekend I used some forest products in non-conventional ways. The first one was not as odd as the second one but it seems fewer and fewer people are using wood to heat their homes. I cut down a red oak that was in a young pine stand to allow the pines to grow better in this area. We use firewood as a supplement to heat our home in cold weather. There is nothing warmer than a good fire burning in the fireplace to help you break the chill after coming in from hunting.
Next, I made mother some deer. She had seen some that Nathan and Liz had received as a gift and said she wanted some. So Friday I cut legs neck and head from small sweetgum trees on the property. I was out of fuel for my saw so I had to wait till Saturday to finish cutting the rest of the deer. I cut another larger sweetgum tree to use as the body of the deer. I did some trimming on the deer to make them look more live-like and I added plastic eyes and a plastic nose to each deer.
The forest produces so much for us in our lives that we take for granted. Just walk down the cereal isle in the grocery store and see how many paper boxes you see. The forest provides a home to wildlife, clean air that we breathe and it helps keep our water clean, just to name a few.
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