Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winter 2014-15, so far

This winter has been a bust as far as it goes for those who love winter snow sports.  High in the Cascades snow has fallen and stayed but last report was snow pack is about 30% of average by the end of January.  Precipitation is about normal and reservoirs are OK.  I have been looking at the long range weather predictions from the National Weather Service.  The out look for the remainder of  this winter is for normal precipitation but warmer than average.  This out look stays about the save through August 2015.   This does not mean that we will not get any more snow in the valley the rest of the winter but I would guess that any snow we get would be short lived.  Same goes for cold days.  I would expect some cold nights but on the average warmer than what we normally have here in Central Oregon  I have taken the opportunity to visit several of my customer's homes in January and do some very early spring cleanups.  Many of the properties with out trees and with south exposures are free of snow and pine needles are not frozen to the ground. 

January is the month I have chosen do have my arborist do tree pruning and tree removal.  This last week Dan Oliver from Oliver tree care worked on several trees for one customer.  The customer had one pine that had a forked top (danger tree), and several too close to the house and several that were infested with Sequoia pitch moth (so messy).  The customer choose to convert the trees to snags and allow them to become wild life trees.  By doing this the new snags will be able to provide habitat to many species that have very limited habitat.  Snag habitat was once abundant but forest management practices and urbanization, snag habitat has become rare and impacted the species that rely on that habitat.    Attached are a few photos of the Arborist at work.

Large crane speeds up and makes job safer

how is this for a why to go to work?

In crown of tree ready to start working

Bluetooth communication between crane operator and crew helps make the job much safer today.

Large sections of tree can be cut and lifted from tree to processing site

First cut

log sections are set in processing location next to chipper

limbs are quickly removed and chipped, log cut into sections for hauling away

found some damage to crown done by squirrels many years ago.