This weekend, I finally got around to cleaning up some deadfall in our forest, removing some hazardous trees while at the same time prepping some firewood for this coming winter. Bob and I have this down to a science; fall the trees, limb them then tow them to our bucking, splitting and stacking area. I’m trying to only take down damaged or dangerous trees and we’re going to replant with a variety of mountain ash which grows quick and burns hot. Last year I gathered enough firewood to heat our house through the whole winter with about 1/2 a cord left over. With hydro rates set to increase by 50%, I’m glad we don’t have to rely on electricity for our heat.