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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.

Dead trees are good for firewood (they're partially dry already).  They also can be homes for critters.  They can be more dangerous to cut due to falling branches or weak/hollow trunks.

Felling trees is not something you should attempt on a whim.  Proper tree selection and safety planning need to be included in your preparation.  There are many videos out there that show good and bad practices.  If they are sponsored by a chainsaw company you can be pretty sure they are showing good practices.  Searching YouTube for "Idiots with chainsaws" will also give you some good ideas of what NOT to do.  This is actually a good thing to check because it's hard to always understand the problems that poor practices can lead to.

Just to further emphasize, dead trees are much more dangerous to cut down than live ones.  They can have rot.  They can have hollow centers.  They can break off branches or the top of the tree can break off unexpectedly.  The hinge can break easier than on a live tree.  



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - drop 6” to 8” dead tree with a chainsaw

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - picture of tree with the wedge notch cut
 - picture of tree on the ground

Clarifications:
- Trees larger than 8" diameter are ok if that's what your woodland care plans require to be cut
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This was my standing deadwood chainsaw cut today. Might have been a bit larger than 8”... I really enjoy using a chainsaw, at least this Greenworks model. Very straightforward and good battery life. It’s now on my Christmas list...
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selecting standing deadwood to cut
selecting standing deadwood to cut
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selecting standing deadwood
selecting standing deadwood
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deadwood dropped
deadwood dropped
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Tree 4 at Wheaton Labs
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About 8 inches
About 8 inches
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Wedge cut
Wedge cut
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Tada!
Tada!
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Hereabouts they call this a cedar, though I’m told it’s more of a juniper. Anyone know specific taxonomy and properties? Southern Kansas.

This was half standing dead, with the upper half splintered in two different directions. To get a predictable trajectory I starting by cutting away much of the leaning, still attached top.

You can see the wedge out in the background of the 2nd picture, as well as the angle of the end in the third.
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cracked standing deadwood
cracked standing deadwood
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deadwood top tackeled first
deadwood top tackeled first
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rest of tree dropped
rest of tree dropped
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I belive this is a dead standing Fir. My back cut was on the low side and was even lower becasue I didnt cut straight. The angle of the notch was too small so the tree didn't fall all the way. I ended up cutting the hinge with caution and it fell safely.
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dead standing Fir
dead standing Fir
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wedge cut
wedge cut
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tree dropped
tree dropped
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done
done
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I cut down this mostly dead maple today.
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dead maple
dead maple
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wedge cut
wedge cut
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tree dropped
tree dropped
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The first two pictures are extra pictures to demonstrate that the tree is indeed deadstanding and is the correct size.

This is the deadstanding tree I am about to fell with a chainsaw.



This is the deadstanding tree with a measuring tape that reads about 8 inches.



These are the photos required by the Badge Bit.

This is the wedge cut I made on the tree.



This is the tree after I made the hinge cut and pushed it over with a timber tool.

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~6.5 inch dead standing felled with chainsaw
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deadstanding-tree=felled-with-chainsaw
deadstanding-tree=felled-with-chainsaw
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Dropped a dead tree with a chainsaw.
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6 dead tree
6 dead tree
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wedge
wedge
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dropped tree
dropped tree
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Clayton took me up to the lab so we could cut firewood. This tree had to go:
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Dead, wedge
Dead, wedge
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Down
Down
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Trunk, measured
Trunk, measured
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