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Colorado Water Policy


I am reading the series of articles about the Colorado water situation.  They are informative, but alarming at the same time. It seems that we are following the same California experience (experiment) which chases ever more water as growth follows the flow of water.  The massive aqueduct system in California sends water resources from wetter northern California to parched southern California. This is to…


Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 22, 2011 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments


1.) Log homes are not energy efficient

Most of these rumors have been started by individuals who have never lived in a log home or are "concerned" relatives giving free advice to other relatives who are considering building a log home. Now let me say that the log home that I am talking about is one that is well designed, manufactured to modern standards and built by someone who knows what they are doing.

Most building codes only recognize "R" factor which does not… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on December 16, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


Many people believe that the environmental movement is a fairly recent phenomenon originating around the first Earth Day in May of 1970. However, the modern environmental movement started well before Earth Day and quite frankly, led to this observance of the planet's fragile equilibrium between man and the environment. The root cause of this movement was the observation by many concerned people that the air, water and the natural eco-systems were under threat by over population and over… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on October 27, 2009 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Wood Wizard - Pueblo West forester, builder shares expertise on log homes

Clyde Cremer calls himself a "wood technologist."

The Pueblo West businessman holds a master's degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, but he doesn't spend much time in the woods with the trees. Instead, he concentrates on wood as an ages-old building material; he's an expert on trees once they've been harvested and he's designed and built log homes for more than 30 years. He started American Log Homes in… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on September 14, 2009 at 2:24pm — 4 Comments

Paleobotany - How old is an old tree?

In the summer of 1968 I was working for the U.S. Forest Service in southeast Alaska, cruising potential timber sales. During these trips to the various islands, I came across active logging sites with the proliferation of freshly cut stumps. The growth rings on these stumps made me wonder just how old these “old growth” forests were.

Growth Rings in Living Trees

Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock

In the spring of 1968 I had been on a forestry field… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on June 22, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle - The Demise of Lodgepole Pine in Colorado

Traveling through Colorado, the keen observer will note that vast areas of the montane forest are covered with trees that have a reddish, rust-colored tint to the foliage. These reddish colored crowns are evidence of the death of the lodgepole pine forest in Colorado. Populations of the mountain pine beetle have exploded over the last decade and it has not been possible to control this spread through thinning of the timber stands or by spraying.

The mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

UL519 - The Log Jam Fire Test Explained

Log Jam is the only chinking to hold a 1 hour UL fire rating when applied in accordance with the Fire Resistance Directory Design No. UL519. What does this mean and why is it important?

What is UL?

UL stands for "Underwriters Laboratory".

UL develops standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tools and equipment, chiefly dealing with… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on April 2, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

Using Old, Old Wood for a New New Rifle

During the last ice age vast areas of the northern latitudes of what is now the United States were covered with, yes, ice. Glaciers slowly moved across the land and ground the bedrock into dust. Everything in their path was pushed out of the way and deposited far from their original source. As proof of this, walrus and caribou remains have been found as far south as the Carolinas. Trees slowly moved south as the temperature cooled.

When the climate warmed and the glaciers retreated… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 26, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

What do I do if I have a home treated with Creosote?

I don’t want people to push the panic button when they hear that they may have a home anointed with harsh, carcinogenic wood preservatives. Over the years, some misguided people may have built homes that were constructed from old railroad ties, but this is something that rarely happens. The use of fresh creosote treated timbers is probably non existent. The smell of this chemical and the problems that it would pose to the builders constructing the home would be insurmountable. Creosote is so… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 22, 2009 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

The Case of the White Redwood Tree

In 1972 I was on an Inter-Regional Fire Crew (Hotshots) out of Clarkia, Idaho on the St. Joe National Forest. Our job was to be ready to deploy on 15 minutes notice to fly wherever we were needed to fight forest fires. In August of that year we flew to Monterey, CA to fight a fire in the southern redwoods and in the Manzanita scrub on the rim of the… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

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