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Old 01-18-2005   #1
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Grizzly Creek Cleaning

Last I looked at Grizzly Creek there were at least 2 river wide trees and a stake in the lower part of the creek. Do I need to talk to BLM or forest service before it can be cleaned out? Later in the spring Im looking for anyone who wants to help or has a realy big chainsaw to clean that section out. Does anyone from glenwood go up to clear as well?


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Old 01-19-2005   #2
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I don't know what the BLM would say but I would encourage stealth rather than seeking permission.

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Let me know when you want to go and I'm up for some cleanup work. I have a smaller saw that can cut upto about 24" diameter. I, too, would recommend a stealth approach over asking for permission.
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Old 01-19-2005   #4
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I would not get the BLM or the Forest service involved. They seem to like logging only at the bulldozer/slash pile/commercial level. For one or two trees it is going to be much easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission. Also I am not sure on the size of the logs but you can cut through very large logs with a saw with a pretty small 18” or 20” bar. This is the type of saw that I use and I can get through logs about a 40” to 50” diameter log with a bit of work. Also if the logs are too big to be moved up on the bank make sure they will not get washed a ¼ mile down stream at high water and get hung up again.

I like to cut logs up into small blocks - like firewood and they should wash down stream easily without making another strainer. Also get the blade on yo saw sharp – wet wood is very hard to cut through and if it is water logged it will be even harder - a sharp blade will do wonders.

Good luck and be careful it is hard to boat with only 3 fingers . Also props for cleaning any run - Thanks for keeping it clean!
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Old 01-19-2005   #5
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Yep, Joel from Steamboat told me about the cutting them into little chunks. They do that on Fish Creek and when the chunks float by them in the play park in town. . .then you know that Fish Creek is running. It's like a early-indicator system
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