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Limb 4 trees - PEP BB woodland.sand.limb

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in woodland care.

This project will be to limb 4 trees.

Limbing a tree is removing the side limbs from the main trunk of a felled tree.

This is very easy on smaller trees that are light weight with small branches, and can be done with loppers or a hatchet. It can get much more difficult on larger trees though, where a chainsaw is needed, and their heavier weight can create built up pressure spots, and branches can swing back and hit the person cutting.

Harvested live trees make great material for building things like in the round wood woodworking PEP Badge!  

Green trees are especially easy to peel and carve.  Green trees are also good for the sawmill.

When selecting a tree to drop, select a tree from a spot that has too many trees and/or the tree has a defect (so we don't want it to have baby defective trees).   If the tree is a nice looking tree, but is crowded, take a smaller tree.

This video shows a quick process of limbing a larger tree. The first cut can be made a few feet from the trunk to take pressure off from a large branch. Then for bigger limbs, where the branch meets the trunk, a small cut can be made on the underside of the branch to relieve pressure, and then the main cut can be made from the top next to the trunk to remove the branch.



This video goes over a lot of the safety precautions in detail and more demonstrations of limbing larger trees.



Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings and potential pressure points, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting stuff!

Minimum requirements for this BB:
 - The trees must be at least 6" in diameter at the butt end

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.  
 - Your 4 trees before they are limbed
 - Your 4 trees after they are limbed
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Part A, 2 trees felled and limbed...
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Part B, 2 more trees limbed and one partly peeled!
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Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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I'm going to make two posts. It has failed to upload when I've tried one.
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Tree 1
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Tree 2
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Second post
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Tree 3
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Tree 4
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I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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Here sre the trees I limbed during the PEP event
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Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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I've limbed 4 trees!  Actually more but these are the ones I took pics of.
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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This is tree 1 of 4 before



This is tree 1 of 4 after



This is tree 2 of 4 before



This is tree 2 of 4 after



This is tree 3 of 4 before



This is tree 3 of 4 after



This is tree 4 of 4 before



This is tree 4 of 4 after

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I certify this BB complete!

 
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One big tree, and ten small ones.
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Big tree, no limbs
Big tree, no limbs
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Small trees, limbs
Small trees, limbs
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Small trees, no limbs
Small trees, no limbs
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete! But we may have to change the requirements to specify the size of the trees....

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