Bass River Fire Tower proposal

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I don't know who got the bid either. I guess I could have asked the guy but I didn't think of it. His trucks have commercial license plates, but no company name on them.

Thanks for the link to the bid. (I guess I would call this a request for bids.) Can anyone explain what this means: "Work with low ground pressure equipment (10 psi or less) must be utilized between Nov 1 to Apr 31." What kinds of equipment would, or would not, meet that requirement?
 

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Could it have been right across the road on this???? If we are uncertain I know the person to ask.

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For some reason I ended up back on the start of this thread and saw this post and picture. I think I now know what this is. It is a loading platform, sort of like a stand-alone loading dock, probably from CCC days. I guess you would back a truck up to it, unload onto this platform, then ??? Not sure what it looks like from the other side - does it have a ramp? If not, maybe it had a wooden ramp that is now gone?
 

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For some reason I ended up back on the start of this thread and saw this post and picture. I think I now know what this is. It is a loading platform, sort of like a stand-alone loading dock, probably from CCC days. I guess you would back a truck up to it, unload onto this platform, then ??? Not sure what it looks like from the other side - does it have a ramp? If not, maybe it had a wooden ramp that is now gone?
It could be that.
 

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lj762

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Oops, sorry, I made 2 consecutive posts on 2 different topics and messed the thread up.
  • Low Ground Pressure equipment was in reference to the fire tower tree clearing project.
  • The photo of what might be a loading platform was from earlier in the thread, and is located not far from where the trees are being cleared, but there is no connection between the two.
Sorry.
 

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Thanks for the bid sheet. I'm really interested in how much money the State is making on the sale of the timber, or they are paying to remove. This should be public info somewhere.

All commercial registered vehicles in NJ must have the company name on the vehicle. Maybe the company is out of State?
Low pressure contact means large floatation tires or tracks to spread the weight of the equipment to > 10 psi.
 

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Here is a machine he had on site before. Based on what 1Jerseydevil said, maybe this counts as a low ground pressure vehicle. Unlike the marshmaster, though, this thing cuts and removes trees. Up to a certain size, anyway.
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We visited this morning and the man was putting the logs on his vehicle. He seemed friendly and waved to us. They have also started on the southern side of the fire tower location. They cleared the lot of vegetation and are ready to cut trees. Another man was also photographing the action and had a much nicer camera than me.

Sorry for the camera dipping. I was trying to keep the sun to a minimum.

 
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While there we walked around in a few area's and easily found quite a few property corners. That place is loaded with them.
One of them we had been to before where we searched for a Francis French stone and never found it. Today, Jessica took one poke in the ground and found it. Nothing inscribed as I had hoped.

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One was a pipe

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Just before we were going to leave we stumbled on this which had been opened up by the cutting. It has NJ on the top.


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Look closely where the arrow is pointing. A classic stone that is inscribed.

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Dug around it a little. If it is inscribed it is deeper than I wanted to dig.

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There were others also. Just as we were walking away from this location a man was walking towards us in the woods. It was an off duty state police officer. Turns out he lives nearby. We were still on state property but his kids saw us in orange and thought we were hunting and he was checking us out. He was super nice and we had a great conversation. Everyone should be as nice as he was.
 

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Maybe we need a new color to mean I'm not hunting but I want to be seen by hunters and not mistaken for a deer?
You could use hunter pink or green. Other states use those colors in addition to hunter orange.

 

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Here is a machine he had on site before. Based on what 1Jerseydevil said, maybe this counts as a low ground pressure vehicle. Unlike the marshmaster, though, this thing cuts and removes trees. Up to a certain size, anyway.
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Since the requirement is to use low ground pressure equipment it must be. I figured they would use machines that cut and limb in one operation. This appears to be a small machine, but maybe it's the only size that meets the ground contact requirement.
 

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Since the requirement is to use low ground pressure equipment it must be. I figured they would use machines that cut and limb in one operation. This appears to be a small machine, but maybe it's the only size that meets the ground contact requirement.
I think I read in the description that machine was being used to cut the small stuff first, which makes a lot of sense. It's the track width and the weight that likely contributes greatly to low pressure on the ground.