Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Sooo... back in 2003 the Humboldt Redwoods State Park had a little lightning-caused fire. After three weeks of pressuring CDF to not actively fight the fire and to "allow it to burn the undergrowth in a 4000 acre area", the administrators had to say "oops, the fire is now on private land and should be aggressively fought." The top of our ranch was used as a backfire to protect the many homes in Salmon Creek and beyond.

Now for the good part... we have lots of very dead, very dry trees to make into firewood! No need to feel bad about killing a tree to heat your house... they're already dead, and going to release their stored carbon anyway. Nearly carbon-neutral, I'd say.
Two aerial views of the burned area and a shot from ground-level taken shortly after the fire.

This is the burn today. Grass, wildflowers, shrubs, and young trees. We re-planted the worst areas with the help of some great local tree planters. ( Over 70,000 seedlings in two years)
And lots of potential firewood trees!

Our favorite tool! A grapple- skidder.

We do cut custom lengths, but our standard length is 16 to 18 inches.

The young men find splitting by hand faster than the hydraulic splitter pictured below. It's a guy thing!

The work of shade tree splitters.

Our ranch has a very generous exercise program. We prefer to skip the step of stacking. With these dead trees we can deliver it ready to burn as it is split.

We stack some so that we can deliver when the ground is too wet to work.

We currently sell our madrone firewood for $300.00 a cord delivered and our hardwood mix for $250.00 a cord delivered. Our free delivery area is along the 101 corridor from Garberville to Eureka and in our little community of Salmon Creek. Outside this area other fees might apply. If you're in a foreign land like New Mexico, don't bother! ;-)

We are sold out for 2008, check back in spring of 2009!


  1. You have so many trees there! How amazing that you got so many new sapplings planted! That is great! It looks like the firewood business is a lot of hard work!!

  2. It IS a lot of hard work Andrea. We have been blessed to have many different young men and women who have come and made fire-wood with us. Their company has been sweet and their help immeasurable. Thanks all of you out there who have helped!

  3. Foreign land? Just because everyone believes that Arizona is just west of Texas doesn't make us a foreign land. Just because we speak Spanish and Tewa and Dine (Indian) most of the time doesn't make us a foreign land. Just because we like all our food spiced with green and/or red chile doesn't make us a foreign land.

    Come on down sometime. We won't even ask you for a passport.

    Hasta la vista, baby.

    Corrales, New Mexico, USA

  4. New or old, isn't it still Mexico? Is it safe? Can you drink the water? Wouldn't we have to wear really big hats? Hmmm? mark

  5. Nah, we stole it from Mexico in the middle 1800's and they had stolen from the Spanish who had stolen it from the Pueblo, Apache and Navajo Indians. And, it's safe, at least where I live in Corrales 'cause we're usually taking a siesta most of the time. The biggest hat is usually a cowboy hat, but if your head's bigger than that I'm sure we could find you a sombrero in one of the tourist shops in Old Town Albuquerque.


  6. His head is pretty big...LOL, Tj

  7. Dang, Dan beat me to that witty comment! ;)

    You guys are too funny! Love it. It was so nice getting a history lesson just by reading comments on a blog. See, wasting time on the Internet can be very educational.

    Interesting post. I had no idea you sold wood. I feel like I've only met you one time sometimes. What else are you not telling me?!!

  8. Lots of trees - use the log splitter!

  9. corrales might be safe but lots of albuquerque aint.

    i love love love madrones!



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