Ice storm, trees, urgency : Translation

J. Fiske jfiske at
Mon Jan 19 14:29:43 EST 1998

Sure thing, Karl! Check out the sprinkler system at any big mill you care
to drive by!

Seriously though, storage of softwood logs in ponds was very common
(probably the norm) until quite recently. I suspect if someone proposed
something like that today we'd get all bent out of shape about the impacts
to the aquatic fauna, etc. (All the tannic acid leached from the bark and
deposited in the pond probably does have some impact ...)

Oh well, the price of progress ...

KMorrisD <kmorrisd at> wrote in article
<19980119143701.JAA04918 at>...
> Thanks for your response.  I'd be curious to know if the experience was
> following recent ice storms in the midwest and deep south.
> I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a local history buff
about the
> ice storm.  He said that following the 1938 hurricane  that hit central
> western Massachusetts, cut timber was stored in local ponds to prevent
> spoilage.  
> The logs that sunk were retrieved up to years later as the ponds were not
> deep.  Can you imagine trying to do something practical and common
> like this today?!
> Karl Davies  

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