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Offline Frank Pender - AKA "Tail Gunner"

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Valley Pondarosa Pine
« on: March 02, 2008, 09:18:25 AM »
Well, I am off the plant a thousand Valley Pondarosa Pine, today.  I have some areas that Firs do not grow well and decided to plant the Pine.  The Pine can take wet feet in the Winter months as well as the dry of the Summer.  This heavy clay soils is ideal for this species of Pine.  Me and my hoedad are going to get well acquainted again, after a number of years, 25.
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008, 09:28:42 AM »
About the only thing we could plan around here right now is our feet in the mud :(  Its suppose to hit 69 here today but sunny and windy so with any luck it will dry up so we can get something done. 

I haven't been able to cut a log in two weeks and its started to get to me.  :'(
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008, 12:40:35 PM »
Really windy here today, 76, and looking at T Storms.

I cut the pad for the new home yesterday....no phone, just me and my crawler.... ;)
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008, 09:59:38 PM »
Well, I only got 250 planted, ooutof a thousand.  Man, I have not done tis for 25 years.  I am a bit muscle sore, to say the least.  Swinging a hoedad for several hours in a row is harder than it would seem.  This afternoon, I quit at around three and decided to play with the D5 and clean up some roads and trails, until five and then I rearranged a couple of slash piles to burn in the near future.  I almost fell asleep in my supper. 

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2008, 10:12:55 PM »
I cant imagine getting 250 trees planted in a day. I assume they are 1-2 year old saplings?
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008, 07:05:17 AM »
They are what we call 1 0s.  The range in height from about 18" to 12" from the ground line.  I am just waiting for light enough to begin again, this moring.  I guess I am trying to sneek up on them, since I have been up since 4 this morning.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2008, 07:09:14 AM »
So how long until they can be harvested for lumber?
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2008, 07:55:28 AM »
About 25 to 30 years, Jay.  I will be about 88, out there with my 36" bar 044, cutting them down.

Thast will be the first thinning.  I will probably come back in ten or fifteen years for another thinning.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2008, 09:15:05 AM »
As I said before, I am impressed with your stewardship of the land. :)
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2008, 11:27:42 PM »
Our hats off to you Frank!  You make us proud!
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2008, 08:57:24 AM »
Well, my main planting crew is to arrive this afternoon.  The fella in charge is the husband of a long past student (about 35 years ago) and his helper is a past student and son of a past student.  The younger, (Seth) is 24 this year.  His father was a student, 37 years ago.

Another proud day to have been an educator.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2008, 03:04:04 PM »
I guess in the small town environment everyone is a past student! :D
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2008, 03:16:03 PM »
No, just the ones that walked through the classroom door for the year. :laugh:

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2008, 06:59:38 PM »
so what did you teach frank
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2008, 08:19:13 PM »
Mike, I tought 7th grade for 30 years; Social Studies (Western Civ.) English, and Literature.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2008, 08:59:45 PM »
English and Literature.  I would have never guessed that  ;D ;)
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2008, 09:09:33 PM »
Neither did my high school lit and English teachers. ::)

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2008, 10:14:58 PM »
The planters got in around 4,000 trees, today.  A couple more days and they will be finished.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2008, 07:41:38 AM »
AHHH the tree gods love you frank
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2008, 08:22:15 AM »
And someday the grandkids, I hope.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2008, 09:46:17 PM »
Well, the planters have a total of 4,500 trees in the ground.  They began as soon as they cound find the ground with a shovel, this moring. 

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2008, 10:13:54 PM »
Everyone will be finished by Monday.  I have around 500 Pine left and will get most of them in this weekend.

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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2008, 05:17:59 PM »
So did you Get-R-Dun Frank  ;)
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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2008, 08:30:58 PM »
Nope!  The 8,000 Douglas Fir is in the ground as of about one o'clock this afternoon.  I still have around 150 Pine to plant.  What a job!  Like I said earlier, I have not swung a hoedad for 25 years.  I have a few renewed muscle issues, for sure.  Perhaps all will be planted by this weekend.


I have asround 2,000 Douglas Fir from last year that are rather large in the root systems and I want to sell them.  Any takers.  I will take a loss of sesven and a half cents apeace, if you want any.  I will let them go for twenty cents each, plus shipping.  You can also come around and get what you want.


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Re: Valley Pondarosa Pine
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2008, 10:35:21 PM »
I wish it would grow here.  I would take them all.
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