Post-Tornado Wilderness Logout, BWCA

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Post-Tornado Wilderness Logout, BWCA

Post by PATCsawyer » June 19th, 2022, 5:20 am

I had the opportunity to volunteer some time with a North Country Trail/USFS crew last month to clear about a mile of tornado-damaged trail in northern Minnesota. The wilderness area was remote and a long (for me) canoe paddle to the camp and work site. My tool selection is probably of most interest to those here. The working conditions were tight, most trees were less than 20" DBH, and all were softwood with red and white pine the predominant species. I selected a 54" Simonds #325 as the go-to saw, a 66" Simonds #13 for larger trees and a 48" Simonds 503 one-man cut down from a larger saw. All three saws were filed 12/12. For a small saw, the #325 was not difficult to single or under buck with.

My constant companion was a jersey head axe with a straight 28" octagonal handle for limbing, under bucking, and wedge driving.