Gorton Creek 2.13.12

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Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by turtle » February 13th, 2012, 8:32 pm

I hiked the trail from Herman Creek to the junction with Nick Eaton Way. It's in good shape with good tread as far as I can tell. I found 3 blow-downs that were easy to step over or around. The logs were big enough to need a real sawyer. I used my hiking pole for scale.
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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by underbucker » February 22nd, 2012, 12:38 pm

I took a crew of four PCTA volunteers up Gorton Creek on 2/21/2112 and cleared the logs pictured in your post.

Thanks for including position and a size reference to allow us to take the the appropriate cutting tools.

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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by underbucker » February 22nd, 2012, 12:42 pm

I took a crew of four PCTA volunteers up Gorton Creek Trail on 2/21/2012 and removed the logs pictured.

Thanks for including position and size estimate so we could pack in the appropriate cutting tools.
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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by IDratherbehiking » February 22nd, 2012, 12:44 pm

Thank you, underbucker and crew!!!

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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by retired jerry » February 22nd, 2012, 12:57 pm

Thanks for doing that!

What scares me about cutting logs is they're so heavy, and they're under a lot of tension, so when you cut them they suddenly spring up and hit you in the face :)

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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by turtle » February 22nd, 2012, 4:27 pm

Thanks everybody. :) :) Looks like a lot of work.
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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by [email protected] » February 22nd, 2012, 4:47 pm

Such a quick response - thanks a ton. Wish that the USFS could have some crews out there doing some of this work - there is much to be done and there have to be some funds available - right? See other thread on the Forest Service ruling and NW Forest Pass.

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Re: Gorton Creek 2.13.12

Post by underbucker » February 23rd, 2012, 9:54 am

retired jerry wrote:Thanks for doing that!

What scares me about cutting logs is they're so heavy, and they're under a lot of tension, so when you cut them they suddenly spring up and hit you in the face :)
That is why volunteer sawyers receive the same training, evaluation, and certification as USFS sawyers.

Every single log is analyzed for hazards before any cutting begins. Using G0/NO-GO criteria, if all hazards cannot be mitigated, we do not cut. We can always find someone with a higher level of experience and skill to return with us at a later date.
"Individual saw operators have the obligation to say "NO" and walk away from any situation they determine to be an unacceptable risk."

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
FOREST SERVICE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE HANDBOOK

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