Gaining Access…

February 19, 2018

When dealing with raw acreage and steep terrain, getting to certain areas can be difficult even on foot. The goal in a farmstead or homestead operation is to have driving access to as much of the property as possible in order to make the best use of the area.  On seventeen plus acres with steep inclines, water to cross as well as old and new growth forest, creating access has been a slow and methodical process. The first step is figuring out where you need to go and what the bet route will be.  For most people with flat land a straight line or the fastest route is usually best. Here at the Homestead the terrain provides many obstacles such as steep inclines, cliff sides, uprooted trees and a winding creek in a steep valley. My route is rarely a straight line but rather is dedicated to the safest route for driving heavy equipment like trucks, tractors and whatever else I can get up there on. When the route is determined, the cutting begins.  I have a wide diversity of trees and brush so a variety of cutting tools are required. The absolute most important tool on any homestead is a chainsaw.  I keep a 10". 16", 18", & 24" chainsaw ready to run with multiple sharp chains.  Most of the primary cutting gets done with a 16" or 18" Echo or Stihl. I will typically spend more than an hour or 3/4 full tanks of fuel cutting trees either growing or fallen in the...

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