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Make a Brush Pile - PEP BB animal.sand.pile

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We felled a good number of trees this year and cut back the Rose of Sharon bushes too, so there is a lot of wood and brush around this Fall.  It is so beautiful this morning so I decided to work outside.
My hands smell like cedar and pin right now
I wasn't sure which way I could measure the height, so I did it a couple of different ways.
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My chosen brush pile spot
My chosen brush pile spot
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Drag the wood, lift the wood, pile the wood
Drag the wood, lift the wood, pile the wood
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Almost done, Buddy is trying to help grab my sticks.
Almost done, Buddy is trying to help grab my sticks.
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I am going to shove this stick into the middle, it is a little over five feet long.
I am going to shove this stick into the middle, it is a little over five feet long.
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The orange flag is over five feet from the ground, almost there
The orange flag is over five feet from the ground, almost there
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Measuring tape
Measuring tape
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Over seven feet along the side
Over seven feet along the side
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I am around 5'8" and the pile was almost as tall as me
I am around 5'8" and the pile was almost as tall as me
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All done!
All done!
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Note: nice pile!

 
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To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post a picture of a location without a brush pile
- post a picture of the brush pile under construction
- post a picture of the completed brush pile at that same spot that is obviously at least five feet tall and five feet wide

1 - See the photo '01_Brush_Before' to see the location without a brush pile
2 - See the photo  '02_Brush_During' to see a brush pile under construction
3 - See the photos '03_Brush_Complete', '05_Brush_Height', and '06_Brush_Width' to see the complete brush pile at that same spot that is obviously at least five feet tall and five feet wide
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create a brushpile habitat:

large, sprawling stack of locust branches, holly branches, scotch broom trunks, punky chunks of maple and ash, and dried blackberry vines. probably 20' long x 10' wide x 5'-7' tall. lots of nooks and crannies of all sizes.
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area between meadow and forest
area between meadow and forest
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leaves, twigs, sticks, branches, punky rounds
leaves, twigs, sticks, branches, punky rounds
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locust, holly, ash, maple, blackberry, scotch broom
locust, holly, ash, maple, blackberry, scotch broom
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Note: Doesn't respect the requirements, clearly not 5 feet tall. Please read carefully. Thanks!

 
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i picked this spot because it just looked right!! But all joke a side i used maple and willow tree I found some baby lady bugs on the willow so I'm hoping I see more of them i need them got some aphid on some of my plants. but here is the brush pile.  
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Malek Beitinjan flagged this submission as an edge case.
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Note: Not clear how tall/wide this pile is, a photo with a measuring tape or stick would help

 
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brush pile is 5' by 5'
i am 5'7" and you can see how tall the pile is compared to my height
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Note: "To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:  - post a picture of a location without a brush pile  - post a picture of the brush pile under construction  - post a picture of the completed brush pile at that same spot that is obviously at least five feet tall and five feet wide"

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Someone flagged this submission as not complete.
BBV price: 1
Note: "To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:  - post a picture of a location without a brush pile  - post a picture of the brush pile under construction  - post a picture of the completed brush pile at that same spot that is obviously at least five feet tall and five feet wide" -- I don't see a before picture of that same location, it doesn't really look 5', and your last picture is essentially useless for my judging.

 
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An invasive Japanese bush is growing in this ditch and impeding the native plants that deer eat. I started cutting some down and realized this would be a great place for a brush pile. Under this big oak tree is sand and compacted dirt, and nothing else has grown there in many years.
It measured ~7' long and a little over 5' tall.
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Before it was a brush pile (First branch was laid)
Before it was a brush pile (First branch was laid)
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In progress
In progress
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The finished brush pile
The finished brush pile
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Around 7' long
Around 7' long
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Around 5'4" tall
Around 5'4" tall
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Note: Nice choice of location!

 
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I spend a lot of time clearing scrubby, secondary woodland for wildlife. This might be pruning or coppicing back willows to allow light onto the woodland floor; coppicing old, overstood hazels to put them back into management; or, most-recently, to push back the woodland so I can repair a damaged fence. Because of all of this, I make a lot of brush piles!

On Saturday I took down a few large willow limbs that had fallen on the existing fence, or were threatening too. This produced a lot of brush to deal with and, rather than burn it, which is pretty common around here, I piled it up in the woods to rot down and support wildlife. I figure that way some of the carbon will be retained. I also remembered to take photographs and submit them for this BB.

There will probably be another pile or two this size by the time the job is done. I estimate that this one is 15 feet at its tallest and at least that in diameter. It is pretty dense in the middle.
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One of the fallen limbs will start the pile
One of the fallen limbs will start the pile
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Work in progress
Work in progress
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Work in progress, from further back
Work in progress, from further back
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The finished pile, wheelbarrow for scale
The finished pile, wheelbarrow for scale
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