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Woodland care
instruction, regulation, insurance, safety, etc

Demonstrate the ability to develop a relationship with a woodland.   A healthy woodland is diverse and provides building materials, food, fuel and something that builds your soul.  Conventional forestry takes what makes the most cash and transforms the soil into lifeless dirt and the forest into a monoculture.  

Otis has met too many people that can’t put up even a single cord of firewood.  For many Otises, this is the very first metric they consider - can a person put up a cord of firewood in a day?  Experience with a sawmill or cleaving shakes is a bonus.  What more can you do?  

I think that woodland care is often about prepping materials. To be a sort of permaculture "home depot" for other projects.

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Drop 6” to 8” dead standing tree with hand tools
Drop 6" to 8" dead standing tree with a chainsaw
Drop 6” to 8” live tree with hand tools
Drop 6" to 8" live tree with a chainsaw
Limb 4 trees
Peel 2 live trees and put up off the ground to dry
Cut, split and stack firewood
cleave 6 shakes with a froe
Make a wood chopping block

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Get 35 points
Drop 12 trees 8” or larger in diameter - 6 points
One cord of firewood cut/split/stacked - 6 points
Make lumber - 6 points
Twig construction - 2 points
      o five foot tall tomato cage and eight foot tall pole bean trellis
Plant the tree seeds for 100 feet of living fence - show that 30% have sprouted - 4 points
Plant 20 willows - show that 10 have grown - 1 point
Innoculate two four foot logs with mushroom spawn and harvest at least a half pound of mushrooms - 2 points
Cleave 40 shakes with a froe - 4 points
Make 100 square feet of slab wood siding - 10 points
Make 2 beams (6"x6"x8' or bigger) by hand - 6 points
Saw a log in half - 2 points
Make 36 feet of wattle fence - 4 points
Make 36 feet of split rail fence - 16 points
Scarify 20 trees for amberwood - 8 points
Make 36' of slabwood fence - 8 points
Slab wood raised garden bed - 6 points
Make a 1 log bench - 1 point
Make a 1 log table - 1 point
Make two 1 log chairs - 2 points
Harvest birch bark - 4 points
Make a chainsaw milling jig - 2 points

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Get 180 points
Drop a 24" diameter tree - 4 points
Drop a 36" diameter tree - 6 points
Drop a 48" diameter tree - 8 points
Climb, limb and top a tree - 16 points
Six cords of firewood cut/split/stacked - 24 points
More lumber - 24 points
Make 8 beams (6"x6"x12' or bigger) by hand - 16 points
Saw a log in half (20" dia by 10' or bigger) - 6 points
Make 100 square feet of shiplap slab wood siding - 16 points
Make 100 more feet of split rail fence - 32 points
Make a simple, beefy bridge with logs - 24 points
Harvest 10 amberwood trees - 24 points
  - Lengthy report on how it worked, what you'd do differently, etc
100 feet of slabwood fence - 16 points
Gin pole - 8 points
      o lift a 10 foot long, 12 inch diameter log 10 feet off the ground and place it on a structure
Outdoor mushrooms - 2 points
      o produce at least one pound each of oyster and shiitake mushrooms
Indoor mushrooms - 4 points
      o produce at least one pound each of enokitake, oyster and shiitake mushrooms
Enhance garden beds with mycelium - 2 points
Skiddable firewood shed - 24 points
Cleave 200 shakes with a froe - 16 points

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