Woodland Stewardship Institute presents: The Woodland Solution to F I R E !
There is only one real solution the fire problem in the forest. Trees and Mulch. Or in other words leave a forest behind. Yes trees are the answer, but mulch is the solution. This needs to be done through selective logging without burning. Often controlled burning is a valuable, beneficial tool. However, many woodlands need careful management and the last thing they need is more burning. Logging slash chopped and scattered [Mulched] on the ground, can be burned safely and beneficially if ladder fuels are minimized and it's done in the right weather. Mulch retains moisture, and only the surface burns. This of course has many benefits. Seed germination, nutrient changes, certain weed eradication, fire prevention etc. Remember though, weeds and trees germinate and thrive in bare mineral soil. When trees start to mature though, they need mulch. Naturally they produce their own mulch, but it takes roughly 100 yrs. to produce 4 inches of duff! Generally 4 inches of duff will absorb all the water of a 100 year storm! Forests that have been overcut or clearcut often seem to grow back very well [Along with the weeds and the brush.] but if you get out of your car and look close you will usually find little or no duff. Extracting 2nd and 3rd growth timber and not leaving the mulch [fiber] behind creates deficiencies and long term problems. You can actually build up a forest and restore nutrients with good mulching practices.
Woodland Supply Inc. assoc. of Woodland Stewardship Institute Wood & Steel Inventory Supplying the Basic Pioneer Trades Woodworking, Carpentry, Arboriculture, Silviculture, Blacksmithing & Leather craft.
Custom Lumber and Hardwood. Your original source for WSI Qualified Wood. We have the largest capacity mill (to our knowledge) in the world (along with it's predecessor in Portland Oregon). We can cut logs up to 8 foot in diameter and 32 feet long! Also, we can cut forks and curves into slabs bigger than a pickup and trailer! Then of course we can also cut beams of any size up to 32 feet long. More about this later.
Woodland Stewardship Institute presents The World Wide Community Tree Fund
The reasoning behind our tree fund:
This is one part of another WSI program, "Woodland Social Intervention". The other parts are the WSI Deacon's fund, which co-ordinates with the Woodland Scouts International, and the WSI vocational, rehabilitation training program. Countless large beautiful trees, that would take 50 to 100 or more years to replace, are being ruined by improper trimming or neglect, or terminated because of failures - due to improper trimming or neglect. Many of these trees have, fortunately, never been trimmed. Some of the best specimens have survived naturally with little or no care. However, this is a very small minority. Many more trees would survive with fewer and less damaging failures with proper, periodic maintenance. The best thing about neglected trees a lot of times is they have all their lower limbs. This gives them a low profile. Humans tend to hack the lower limbs off so they can waste money on shrubs and turf. Then they wonder why tree climbers are so rare![Can you imagine kids growing up never climbing a tree?] Nature will often knock the top center out, with wind or lightning, and then the tree begins to spread. A lot of these grand survivors belong to people who have no budget for such things. Consequently, they succumb to the low bid butcher, or they're talked into removing the tree under false pretenses. Often because no one there can climb it or trim it. Anyone can cut a tree down. How many things they wreck or how many people they kill might be another story. The people that own these trees need to be informed, and their trees need to be nominated to the WSI World Wide Community Tree Fund. Hopefully before it's too late! This is a revolving fund. The customer pays 25% or 1/3 down if they can. Then they pay whatever payments they can manage. Some people have only been able to pay $100 down and $50 a month. Yes, you guessed it. Some can't pay anything. Regardless, the trees are preserved. The owners never get a bill and are never turned over to a collection agency! [These should be illegal! You should collect your own bills.] No one likes the former or the latter. Instead. They receive a note from WSI with our site address. Here they can see [by their cross reference number, for privacy] how much they have contributed and how much has been absorbed by the Tree Fund. Then hopefully someday their name will appear in the "funds donated column". Excess funds are used for worthy projects in conjunction with the Woodland Scouts or the WSI Deacon's Fund, and possibly the WSI Vocational Rehabilitation Training Program. This could include pruning in the parks or cemetarys that are often neglected because of budget shortages. Trees belong to everyone. This is an opportunity for anyone to contribute to a real practical tree fund that works.
Woodland Stewardship Institute presentsWSI Quiet Wood The Most Wonderful Wood in the World The WSI World Wide Wood Registry
This is a simple, sensible, qualified wood program that anyone can use. You can be a part of our World Wide Wood Supply of Integrity! There are two major objectives to our qualified wood program.
Objective #1. Protect, preserve and promote people. Quiet means; small, careful, qualified, independent arborists and horse loggers trained the old fashioned proven apprenticeship way. Quiet is about people and jobs. Not more labor saving dangerous noisy machinery. [Almost all accidents are equipment related] Safety programs, conservation programs, etc. are incomplete, inadequate, ineffective etc. unless they begin to minimize equipment. A true safety program like anything else in life, has to be based on the first and greatest commandment.
Safety Rule # 1
It's not about money. If making money is your first priority, you have your head on backwards and your just making noise.
Safety Rule # 2
It's not about production. Volume should not be your first consideration. "Work without faith is vanity". "A good name is worth more than gold". Accidents happen when your going too fast, things get out of control, your too tired, and there's too much noise. You can get more work done when you have your head on straight and your thinking. Consider what your doing, consider Nature, consider others, consider what time it is. "There's nothing wrong with being a workaholic as long as you know how to tell time!" M.St.G.
Safety Rule # 3
It's not about equipment. I know machinery and technology have been a great American tradition that has put us ahead of the world. However, "Knowledge without faith is dangerous." "When America ceases to be good she will cease to be great."? Albert Schweitzer said, "Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall, he will end by destroying the earth." God says "He is going to come and destroy them that destroy the Earth."How do you compete without the latest greatest equipment? We can be very competitive climbing trees with ropes. There is a good share of the tree work that is too small, too tall, or too inaccessible for expensive lift equipment. The only way a bucket truck can compete with good climbers is to hack and chop and run. It's not practical to do quality work with a bucket. They're always cutting too many lower limbs, cutting things out of their way, wrecking the lawn, compacting the soil, breaking the roots, etc. etc. It's the same with horse logging. If you want to promote the best quality logging, just write the specs. There's no machine that comes close to the efficiency, versatility, economy, and reliability of horses. Even if you had a machine that could skid 2000 lbs.- or more with the right arch, and negotiate a 3 foot wide trail. What would be the point. You can be sure it would be expensive, smelly, ugly, greasy, dirty, unaffectionate, always breaking down, and NOISY!
Objective #2. Protect, preserve and promote the resource. What are the rules? Same as above. Plus, we want to remember tree safety and health, forest health and diversity, and of course, fire prevention. Quiet means working with Nature. Quiet means knowing that Nature is the best teacher. Quiet means leaving a healthy, natural, diverse forest behind. Quiet means knowing how to climb a big tree and taking the time and effort to trim the whole tree for safety, health and strength. Cutting trees for no good reason is the loud sound of bad science. Cutting trees just for money is profanity! If we are going to create a demand for Qualified Wood, we have to understand and abide by the simple, basic, best criteria. Otherwise it would not be "The most wonderful wood in the world."
The AMERICANA Ballroom Good Music Clean Fun Vegetarian Cuisine Local Talent Always a free bowl of hot chili.
"The secret to success is always having a pot of beans on". M. St. Germain
Millions of people believe that Ellen White was a true prophet of God. She received over 2000 visions. Just like all true prophets, her mission was to bring people back to the real truth of God's Word. She said "Only those who have fortified their minds with the truths of the Holy Scriptures will escape the last great deception."
One of the things she wrote was, "As we near the end of time vegetarianism will become more and more popular." Ever since I read this prophecy, written over 100 years ago,I've wanted to start a vegetarian restaurant. I've been a vegetarian all my life. Growing up I was just a weirdo. Even 30 years ago, most people still thought it was strange. Now, most people are aware of the dangers of living high on the food chain. Not to mention a horde of other factors.
Vegetarianism builds character. Most kids grow up thinking they can eat or drink anything, any time. Their parents don't have a clue about anything to do with Biblical temperance. What do you think happens when you grow up not knowing the difference between clean and unclean, holy or unholy, right or wrong? Ezekiel 22;26&27. Most children, now days, seldom get a good square meal. They become sugaraholics at home and then get their first taste of alcohol at church! The Bible teaches an avoidance of alcohol, strict moderation of juice, and fruit in moderation. "Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time - for strength and not for drunkenness." Ecclesiastes 10:17 Nutrition is so important when you are young and growing. Snacking on fruit, juice or pop creates dangerous deficiencies. This is the best prescription for every one, "Eat real food and drink water."
True success is exactly proportionate to how much you love the truth. II Thessalonians 2:10&11
From the roaring 20's and into the 1960's, there were dance halls across the country. Various clubs and bars where mostly young people could "Hang out." Most of them were dominated by the "Jazz Scene" and, of course, the pathetic "Addict Culture." It's a wonder were still here, the way so many of those generations wasted their lives, always at the wrong party!
Now here it is almost 2008, and it's high time everyone realized that young people need places where they can have real fun, apply their talents and even learn good health habits. I've heard that America has twice as many young people that smoke as most other countries. What's wrong with being clean, healthy and strong? Why are kids so easily led astray? What's the big attraction? Is it just too cool to be a big bad loser or rebel or whatever?
Well here is the real basic answer. Who is training these children? The parents, grandparents, teachers and preachers? Don't try to answer that! The real question is, who trained them? You can't teach what you don't know! This country is being destroyed by those who never could have built it! We've forgotten most of the dreams of our ancestors. What were those pioneer beliefs? Who's responsible? The people in charge? Who is that? Those who have the most money and and the least principle. Why? We've exchanged the Truth for a lie. What's the lie? Maximum profit, minimum responsibility. Maximum production minimum effort. More development, more technology, more chemicals, more drugs, more tampering with Nature, more luxury, more exploitation, more playing god. What is the Truth? "Everything depends on good logging and farming."
This country is being torn down by two opposing factions. The godless humanists whose religion is evolution and environmentalism. Who, in spite of their moral decadence, want you to believe that they are going to save the planet and that God is compatible with evolution. Never mind the fact that this makes Him a liar!
The other extreme of course are the Ante-Christians. The New Testament writers said the worst thing we have to fear is the Antichrist. Ante simply means "in place of", "impersonator" or "fake". Candy-coated Christianity. You can have your cake and eat it too. You can eat anything, drink anything, smoke anything, wear anything, watch anything, nothing is holy, nothing is sacred, keep all your idols, and your spurious sabbath and call it Jesus! Unity without truth is nothing more than uniformity. How can this be? They all have a majority of wonderful truths that they teach. We want the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
This is that same Elijah message that John the Baptist was practicing, that we are to be practicing. That voice crying in the wilderness. The warning against false religion and false worship. The simple practical hard working lifestyle. The simple practical dress. The simple diet. The free and independent self sufficient conservative disciple. The Bible says that John was true to his calling and was not just another reed shaken in the wind. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The problem with the world is; no one wants to be a subsistence farmer and no one wants anyone else to be a subsistence farmer.
Sometimes the road is rough and rocky. and the mountains they are steep.
But I know I'm not alone. my master always walks with me.
I often hear Him say "My child I'll always hold your hand. and in your darkest hour. I will closely by you stand."
He has promised to go with me, and ne're forsake me here. Though the storms may rage about me, He'll be there to calm my fear.
Fully on him I am depending, till I get to gloryland. I'll reach my destination, for I know He holds my hand.
Sometimes it's hard to understand. When life starts getting rough. When you think you're all alone, and you feel like giving up.
But I know that we should never worry, 'cause the Lord is on our side. So let's learn to help each other, and just live to prove what's right.
Sometimes it's hard to understand. Why this world's in such a mess. But I know that He is coming soon. So I'll just have to do my best.
To love the lord with all my heart, and my neighbor as myself. To pray for those who hate me, that someday their hearts will melt.
words M. St.Germain and Traditional 1976. Music M. St.Germain 1976
Performed this song in the Troy SDA church 10-27-07. The first time it has ever been done in public in over 30 years! It went well with the Bible study and the fabulous sermon by Bill Shirley, who comes up from Lewiston once or twice a year with his lovely wife. Bill had everyone's attention, even the children. Goodnight.