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(note:  this document is still under construction - feel free to comment!)

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transition from forest to woodland.  Less conifers, more deciduous trees.  

sand badge
drop 6” to 8” dead standing tree with a bow saw (action pic)
drop 6” to 8” dead standing tree with a chainsaw (action pic)
drop 6” to 8” live tree with a bow saw (action pic)
drop 6” to 8” live tree with a chainsaw (action pic)
limb 4 trees (4 completion pics)
peel live trees and put up off the ground to dry (2 completion pics)
split and stack dead standing wood as firewood
      o at least one half of a face cord
      o stacked to stay dry
      o completion pic
prep 10 junkpoles
      o cut, limb and stack off of the ground
      o completion pic
repair 24 feet of junkpole fence
cleave 6 shakes with a fro

straw badge
drop at least 12 trees 8” to 14” in diameter:
      o at least one 14” tree
      o at least one with a bow saw (action pic)
      o all with the timber tool
      o take pics to prove proper tree harvest selection
      o one cord of firewood: cut and stacked properly under a roof (completion pic)
      o lumber
            - a dozen 2x4s eight feet long
            - a dozen 1x5s eight feet long
            - a dozen ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
            - properly stickered and covered for air drying
            - completion pic(s)
      o set aside at least three logs
            - full tree length
            - peeled
            - up off the ground for proper air drying
                   o does not need to be under a roof
            - completion pic
      o all dropped trees are properly cared for
            - each tree is used in some way or is preserved for future use
            - no trees are left on the ground to rot
      o document proper tree selection
twig construction
      o jute lashing, no metal
      o one five foot tall tomato cage (completion pic)
      o one eight foot tall pole bean trellis (completion pic)
36 feet of junkpole fence plus one mediocre gate with a mediocre latch
      o 12 foot long segments, so 3 to 4 posts for the fence (completion pic)
      o gate will be 3 feet wide or wider and will require an additional post
            - pic of gate
            - pic of latch
            - pic of other side of latch
      o pic of proper tree harvest selection
plant the tree seeds for 100 feet of living fence
      o verify a 30% (or better) germination rate
      o quick video moving over the row
plant black locust tree seeds
      o 40 with scarification
      o 40 with another type of scarification
      o 40 without scarification
      o all seeds are planted in a row, each seed is planted two feet apart, quick video over each row showing germination
plant 100 cleavers
      o plant in a row, twelve inches apart
      o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated
plant 100 nettles - show that 20 have sprouted
      o plant in a row, twelve inches apart
      o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated
plant 20 willows - show that 10 have grown
      o plant in a row, 2 feet apart
      o quick video over row showing freshly planted
      o quick video over row showing that at least half have grown
innoculate two four foot logs with mushroom spawn and harvest at least a half pound of mushrooms (completion of logs pic and action shot of harvest)
cleave 40 shakes with a fro

wood badge
put up three cords of firewood (completion pics)
lumber
      o 8 dozen 2x4s eight feet long
      o 8 dozen 1x4s eight feet long
      o 8 dozen ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
      o completion pic(s)
build six rock jacks out of split logs (completion pics)
120 feet of junkpole fence with one good gate and a good latch (completion pics)
plant 300 black locust seeds with 50% germination
plant 300 cleavers  with 50% germination
plant 300 nettles  with 50% germination
plant 60 willows with 50% growth
plant 40 sweet sap silver maples
plant 10 cedar trees
twig construction
      o jute lashing, no metal
      o six five foot tall tomato cages
      o three eight foot tall pole bean trellises
plant the tree seeds for 800 feet of living fence
lay 50 feet of living fence (aka laying a hedge)
berm shed
      o 8x8x8
      o five foot eave
gin pole
      o lift a 10 foot long, 12 inch diameter log 15 feet off the ground and place it on a structure
outdoor mushrooms
      o produce at least one pound of each
            - oyster mushrooms
            - shitake mushrooms
indoor mushrooms
      o produce at least one pound of each
            - enokitake mushrooms
            - oyster mushrooms
            - shitake mushrooms
mycelium
      o enhance garden beds with mycelium
            - photo evidence that it helped in 3 scenarios
skiddable firewood shed
      o holds one cord
cleave 200 shakes with a fro
validate the sand badge of six others

iron badge
put up six cords of firewood (completion pics)
lumber
      o 200 2x4s eight feet long
      o 200 1x4s eight feet long
      o 200 ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
      o completion pic(s)
build 24 rock jacks out of split logs (completion pics)
plant the tree seeds for 2000 feet of living fence
“lay the hedge” for 200 feet of living fence
humus well
      o pics of many stages of construction
junkpole fence around one acre (total of at least 836 feet) with four good gates and good latches (completion pics)
plant the seeds to restore a creek bed from a dry gully
      o 100 feet wide and 800 feet long
      o seeds are planted in diagonal rows, 3 feet apart (each planting row will then be 141 feet long - 47 seeds, 267 rows. 12,500 seeds)
      o each row is 3 feet apart
      o apple, walnut, oak, peach, chestnut, butternut, rhubarb, alfalfa, hickory, pecan (others?)
      o pics of the plot and the row markers when planting
      o video of growth verification at a foot tall (or more, average) for each row
      o take out all conifers
berm shed
      o each cell is 12x12x12
      o 3 cells
      o 5 foot eave
build two skiddable structures
gin pole
      o lift a 20 foot long, 18 inch diameter log 20 feet off the ground and place it on a structure
produce at least ten pounds of each
      o oyster mushrooms
      o shitake mushrooms
validate the straw badge of six others
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I commented on the Gardening Badge about how some requirements are impossible for people. Some points in regard to the Woodland Care badge as applied to my own location.....

... There are no dead standing trees in my district that aren't on State or County land, or that aren't Ohia which we have been ordered not to cut down or use as firewood. The chances of finding one is extremely low, and getting landowner's permission without my being licensed and fully insured is as close to zero as one could get.  
... junkpoles may be abundant in Montana, but there is nothing but twisted & contorted Christmasberry and wild guava here that would remotely be classified as junkpole. While I specifically grow strawberry guava for pole use, they are seldom over 1 1/4" diameter, and not abundant since the State release a predatory insect to control them.
... black locust doesn't grow here
... I don't know what cleavers are
... Nettles don't exist here
... Willows don't grow here
... maples don't grow here
... cedars don't grow in my area
... no creeks exist in my area
... don't grow here or won't survive: apple, walnut, oak, peach, chestnut, rhubarb, hickory, pecan

Badge requirements might be better tweeted to specific circumstances. Flexible substitutions might be an answer.
 
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Su,

PEP stuff is optimized for my property in montana.   I suspect that there will be people in the US, Canada and several other countries that will be able to do PEP stuff without a problem.

For hawaii, I think somebody might explore the idea of making a PES program (permaculture experience according to Su Ba).  

 
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ok Paul, I've caught on. It's for your place. Just call me a bit dense because I had assumed it was some sort of "Boy Scout Badge" permies program. But I like the overall idea and will be presenting it to our little local Ka'u Farm School.
 
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If there's going to be a natural building badge, might the berm shed and gin pole fit better in there?  

What's a cleaver?  Other than a cool knife...

Was the last item on the iron badge supposed to be verify 6 wood badges (instead of sand)?

Is there anything for knowing which trees to leave and which to cut on a broader scale?  Identifying existing support trees or nest cavities or the like.  Maybe it's a given for how you run the place but those kinds of topics may align with "woodland care".
 
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Mike Jay wrote:If there's going to be a natural building badge, might the berm shed and gin pole fit better in there?  



I did a lot of back and forth and, in the end, decided it should be here.


What's a cleaver?  Other than a cool knife...



Also known as "bed straw"


Was the last item on the iron badge supposed to be verify 6 wood badges (instead of sand)?



people working on their iron badge validate straw badges.  After people have completed their iron badge, they might help validate people working on their wood badges.


Is there anything for knowing which trees to leave and which to cut on a broader scale?  Identifying existing support trees or nest cavities or the like.  Maybe it's a given for how you run the place but those kinds of topics may align with "woodland care".



Soon we will create the BB threads and we will describe it in more detail there.




 
Did you see how Paul cut 87% off of his electric heat bill with 82 watts of micro heaters?
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