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How To Straighten A Crooked Log

By Ron Gosnell
Editor’s note: Ron Gosnell is a retired forester who lives in the Lyons area and who has helped owners manage their forests for over forty years.

With summer coming, many forest landowners will soon be hard at work to make their homes, property, and family safer from wildfire. This usually involves cutting down excess trees and brush. Often the lower quality trees are selected for removal in a “fuel reduction” process. The result is that in many cases, the crooked logs of cut trees look to be worthless.  Landowners or contractors end up cutting them into random-length pieces for easier handling, to be manually loaded and then dropped off at a place that accepts this material.

This may be the easiest thing to do depending upon circumstance. However, when there are enough trees of reasonable quality to be thinned, that presents an opportunity to cut wood products. To do so is not that difficult. Wood posts, rails, poles and saw logs must be fairly straight, branchless with flush cuts, and have straight-end cuts to specific

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Turtles: a Rite of Spring!

With Spring lurching forward in Colorado, you might not be surprised to see a land or water turtle on the move. This is a time when turtles may seek a new home, move to their regular summer areas from hibernation, or be crossing a road that crosses their habitat. If you see a turtle on a

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Help Protect Our Native Birds

By David Rahbany

In spite of the recent snows, spring has arrived in Lyons!  One clear sign is the return of colorful bluebirds and finches to our town.  Unfortunately, these birds are under threat from some nasty neighbors.

House sparrows and starlings are non-native, invasive species that kill and out-compete native birds like the Mountain Bluebird.  Please help keep native songbirds coming back to Lyons by

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“A Rather Abrasive Topic”

Ask the Handywoman!

By Kheli Mason, The Handy Woman LLC

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with wood. Knotty pine to be exact. Hundreds of board feet of it, making baseboard and door and window molding. It takes a lot of busy work to sand and stain and sand and seal all of this wood, but the results are definitely worth the effort.

You have a lot of time for musing when you are doing this type of task. You have to pay attention and keep an eye on what you are doing as you sand each board with one and sometimes two different grits of sandpaper and maybe even a third in between stain and sealer coats. As I was going about this task, I started thinking about what life was like without sandpaper. I couldn’t

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Pop Up Healthier Snacks

Sweet, savory, crunchy or salty - whatever your snack cravings are, it's possible to satisfy them with something that's actually good for you. Popcorn is a versatile treat that you can feel good about eating.

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