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Alan Smith
07-15-2007, 06:43 AM
Sorry, very little machining content here but could one of you kind gentlemen please help me. When an American farmer/landowner refers to his woodlot is this a yard where cut timber/firewood is stacked to dry or is it land with trees growing on it that have been selected out to produce lumber??

Thanks,

Confused Scotsman!!

J Harp
07-15-2007, 07:28 AM
I,m not a farmer, but I believe the term woodlot generally refers to an area with trees which is managed by cutting dead or inferior trees for firewood or other uses which do not require high quality wood. The better trees are reserved for use as timber, or as we call the smaller sized boards, lumber. Timber refers to standing trees, or the larger beam sizes of sawn wood.

The area where cut firewood is stored to dry or season is called a woodshed, if roofed, or woodpile, if not roofed. At least that's the way I learned it, growing up in rural Kentucky, the terms may vary in other areas. Hope this helps.

Evan
07-15-2007, 07:32 AM
A woodlot is a private stand of trees.



Definitions of woodlot on the Web:

(Hunting) A small plot of land on which trees are grown and cut, which often provides good hunting for squirrels.
outdoorstore.espn.com/servlet/catalog.CFPage (http://www.google.ca/url?sa=X&start=0&oi=define&q=http://outdoorstore.espn.com/servlet/catalog.CFPage%3F%26mode%3Dterms%26cat%3DHunting%2 6cmid%3DOLTERMS_VIEW_ALL_HOME&usg=AFQjCNE-9RnWSGMRODFVoeT_N7i2-j6BJw)
the wooded portion of a private property upon which small-scale forestry operations are carried out.
www.borealforest.org/nwgloss13.htm (http://www.google.ca/url?sa=X&start=1&oi=define&q=http://www.borealforest.org/nwgloss13.htm&usg=AFQjCNGcDCHAxru630121GHusppF4OwDOw)
An area of farmland set aside for the growth and management of trees for timber.
www.watercorporation.com.au/environment/environment_9899_glossary.cfm (http://www.google.ca/url?sa=X&start=2&oi=define&q=http://www.watercorporation.com.au/environment/environment_9899_glossary.cfm&usg=AFQjCNHM100K0R3vb3PZ9nBwRYsA56YKzw)

Rustybolt
07-15-2007, 01:58 PM
It's land with trees growing on it. At onetime used for firewood and nut trees(walnuts,chestnuts,beechnuts,etc.) but more and more, even here in the flatlands of Illinois, the trees will be selectively harvested for hardwood lumber or pulp wood. Or some enterprising soul will plant a bulldozer and in less than a year a house will grow. Woodlots are becoming popular for upscale housing developments. Each year my mushroom and artifact spots are disappearing.

Alan Smith
07-15-2007, 05:12 PM
Thank you all for the replies. It's all much clearer now. We don't really hunt squirrels in the UK. The grey squirrels which were introduced here from the US and Canada at the end of the 19th C are now becoming a major problem. They have displaced the native red squirrels but more worryingly are now causing immense damage to new tree plantations. On my property I have plantations of 15yr old Oak trees, in the last 2-3 years we have lost (killed dead) up to 5 trees per year due to grey squirrels stripping bark off of the treees. Sadly it's always the best trees they kill. I know squirrel hunting is a big thing in parts of the US, maybe we should encourage it here. I don't really like the taste of squirrel and I believe in eating what I shoot (except for foxes).

Al Messer
07-15-2007, 06:00 PM
Ah, Laddie! Put enough hot sauce on a Fox and you'll never know what it is/was! LOL! As to the Squirrels, it's how we Yanks reciprocated for the Starlings and blasted English Sparrows! LOL! Ain't friendship just simply GREAT??

PTSideshow
07-15-2007, 06:51 PM
Ah, Laddie! Put enough hot sauce on a Fox and you'll never know what it is/was! LOL! As to the Squirrels, it's how we Yanks reciprocated for the Starlings and blasted English Sparrows! LOL! Ain't friendship just simply GREAT??

Yep as long as the Aussies don't send them cane toads to the main land. Man that has got to be the biggest Fup anybody has ever made with a living creature moved to a new habitat.
If you ever get to see a program that was on one of the discovery channels called Cane Toads made by a group of Aussie with a real sense of humor. I have never laughed so hard in my life I was crying from laughing so hard Rolling on the floor wifey and the kids thought I was having a heart attack or something. Some of the people and the dead pan delivery of the narrator on the biology/sex end of things was a hoot. the part about driving a Buick roadmaster with the wide tires when they are on the march was pretty good too!:D

deltap
07-15-2007, 11:00 PM
Alan maybe you don't know how to fix 'em. Squirrels should be shot only in the head with a 22 cal. rifle so as not to ruin the parts you eat. 22 shorts work best as they don't scare the rest of the squirrels away. Skin while still warm. Much more difficult if you let the body cool. Flour and fry just like fried chicken. Cover and bake in the oven another hour or so to tenderize. Good eatin.

halac
07-15-2007, 11:35 PM
Yep as long as the Aussies don't send them cane toads to the main land.

Too late. I've seen them quite often in southeast Florida. They are down right large critters. And ugly too.

Swarf&Sparks
07-16-2007, 09:45 AM
Damn things came from Hawaii!
http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b387/idgara_eng/?action=view&current=a95f041c.flv
:D

Evan
07-16-2007, 10:04 AM
Man that has got to be the biggest Fup anybody has ever made with a living creature moved to a new habitat.

I would like to go back in time and strangle the Englishman that imported dandelions to North America because they "look pretty in the spring". :(

PTSideshow
07-16-2007, 10:39 AM
Damn things came from Hawaii!
http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b387/idgara_eng/?action=view&current=a95f041c.flv
:D
yep they did, somebody didn't check on two things before they shipped them.
1 the bugs they were suppose to eat life cycle matched the toads. Its the opposite!
2 and that their is no known predator for them in OZ.
The ones in fla probably were released or escaped as pets.

Not the video I was thinking of but still pretty slick:D :D

Swarf&Sparks
07-16-2007, 11:49 AM
And let's not talk about the pommie bastard that brought rabbits and foxes to Oz!

Swarf&Sparks
07-16-2007, 11:59 AM
On mature reflection :)
The cactoblastis killed off prickly pear
(which was another feral species)
Myxomatosis killed off a large percentage of the bunnies
(until they developed immunity)
The jury is still out on calicivirus

edit to say, "accidental" release of calicivirus
http://www.science.org.au/nova/001/001key.htm