As such, as soon as I see a birch that has died, I try to cut it down and process it as soon as possible. I found one close to the trail a week or two ago, and then tried to get it in one free morning.
Unfortunately it leaned away from the trail. I thought I'd be clever and use the winch on the ATV to try to cause it to fall "uphill" and into an easier to access position. I didn't expect a) that the tree could reach the ATV, and b) that it would really fall very much towards the ATV.
Obviously I was incorrect on both counts. As I saw it start to come over, I exclaimed "crumbs!" and rushed off perpendicular to the motion of the tree. Luckily it only brushed up against the ATV as it came to rest. I had to cut it up to be able to get back on the trail, but it was a valuable lesson.
|Just brushing up against it.|
|I guess it COULD reach the ATV.|
|Rats, the trail is blocked this direction. Time to cut it up!|
|Returning with my spoils after all.|