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Getting Logs

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hi, new to prepping and found your site.  Love all the good info there. Read one of the articles on getting logs and thought I would comment.  We live in the country in Louisiana and our state has huge pine forest and logging industry.  They cut tracks everywhere you look around here.  They take some time cleaning up after themselves and sometimes don’t at all. There is so much wood left over it is amazing.  You can really get as much as you want.  There are a couple of ways to accomplish this.

1. Approach the owner of the land, if clean up was not part of his deal with the paper mill he will gladly let you take what you want for free.  Often even if clean up was apart of the deal they will let you take what you want because they usually burn what is left anyway.

2. Approach the logging foreman for the track cut.  A case of beer will usually do the trick and you can have all you want.

3. Go in on the weekend and take what you want.  They are gonna burn it anyway so no one here minds, usually anyway.

There is allot of all types of wood to be found doing this, including hard woods and pecan.  All different sizes and shapes.  You can do allot with what you find.

This works well here in Louisiana and might work in other area’s too.

Your new friend,

Don Bottoms

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