One of my goals here is to learn how to harvest the wood we need in a sustainable, forest-friendly way. For starters, that means taking what nature and a strong wind offer.
The volunteers above came down a week ago or so, when we had a trace of snow up here. Don't know why they came down, we are just grateful they did no damage. The bigger one was about 20' of good wood; the smaller was a little pithy, but burnable.
To be fair, there had never been a woodstove up here, so there was little point to gethering the wood. I am greedy about firewood, and therefore very motivated.
Our driveway is about a quarter mile long, and winds up through the lower woods. They were logged about a decade ago, so the trees are small to medium sized.
Right now, the Poison Oak is dormant, or so I fervently hope. Without its tell-tale leaves, it is also invisible. I don't have any idea if I am standing in the middle of it or not.
In an effort to have an easily removed outer layer, I am wearing my rubber boots, which can be slipped on and off, and my rain bibs, which go all the way down. If I rub against any itchy oils I hope to keep them away from my skin.