Jeff Welder wrote:Hell, some of the wood would be good for someone with a portable sawmill..
Jenn Bertrand wrote:The indigenous cultures here in the PNW called the red cedar "the tree of life". They built their houses and clothing out of cedar. The coast range used to be filled with old growth cedars. If you look you can still find really old trees that have the scars of bark harvesting from 200 years ago. The only reason that the coast mountains are mostly Douglas fir and western hemlock now are because they reach a harvestable size sooner more reliably than any other tree in this environment. Western hemlock is the most shade tolerant timber species for this environment so it can be planted closer together and in the shade of existing trees so it is more profitable per acre on tree plantations which is what all of Oregon's coastal mountain state land is now. Hemlock is not the most quality building material that can be grown here just the most profitable in the current economic system. My goal at my homestead is to plant as much perennial food as possible especially trees. Everywhere on my property that is out of my ability to pay close attention to I plant cedars. Cedars were here before me and before the first settlers and are still the most useful and valuable building material you can grow here in my opinion. Plant western hemlock if you want a guaranteed profit in 35-40 years, Doug fir for a balance of 35-40 year profit and long term valuable trees, and cedar for long term value or quality homescale lumber at any age. Just my opinion.
r ranson wrote:My real name is most definitely an edge case.
I tried using it for a while, but I felt it was better for the site if I went back to using my initial. If it really bothered me, I could put my first name in my signature.