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Old 04-24-2013, 08:11 AM   #11
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An interesting pile beneath a very large tree has appeared since winter. At Iroquois NWR fallen or trimmed branches are piled up all around one of the big trees at the entrance to an overlook. I should get a pic.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #12
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pawprint I got brush piles...all over the place!

I burn some Brush and wood piles-spring2012-001.jpg, but most stay at least a couple years, this one is a couple years old, you can't see it from here but there is a large hole in the other side, I guess someone has moved in this spring. Brush and wood piles-degraded-brushpile.jpg

I like to clog up the drainage ditch that runs in the bottom of a ravine, it slows the water down somewhat, pretty sure the herps like that aspect because all kinds of small woody debris stacks upon it, which makes a cool damp place to hang out. This is one I started about 2 months ago, it is hard to tell from the pix...but the ditch is about 2 foot deep. Brush and wood piles-brush-pile-ditch.jpg

This one is a year old.Brush and wood piles-another-brushpile.jpg

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:55 PM   #13
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Didja ever find out what moved in?
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #14
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No, never found out, I haven't been back to that one in a couple weeks. It might of been a box turtle had burrowed out?

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I will take some photos and post them. My brush piles decompose pretty fast because it is so much warmer here. I had one that was about five feet high two years ago and it is gone. I just pile up the dead stuff from my garden in the spring when the new growth starts in and it disappears pretty fast, too. So each brush pile has about a one to two year life span. Everything that falls on my property stays here, either where it falls, or dragged to a pile.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #16
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I will take some photos and post them. My brush piles decompose pretty fast because it is so much warmer here. I had one that was about five feet high two years ago and it is gone. I just pile up the dead stuff from my garden in the spring when the new growth starts in and it disappears pretty fast, too. So each brush pile has about a one to two year life span. Everything that falls on my property stays here, either where it falls, or dragged to a pile.
Yeah turttle. Wildlife loves brush piles. It is amazing how quickly they decompose. Same with me. Anything I cut pull up falls stays here too. The neighbor piles their brush in my hedgerow too. I make sure their brush is not sprayed with anything.
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