23. August 2010 19:07
While doing some searches recently, I ran across a unique blog published by Mark Whitaker of the Red Alder Ranch. Mark and his buddies are involved in salvage logging with a unique twist called "Kayak Logging." When I first found his blog, images of S&S Aqua Logging of Ax Men fame came to mind. S&S got into a bunch of trouble after Washington state Department of Natural Resources officials saw Jimmy Smith and his son on the History Channel reality TV show, Ax Men. I asked Mark about the controversey and if he had encountered any problems during his salvage logging efforts. Mark said, "I was approached in the last year by a USFWS guy while hauling logs out of the creek on a trailer near the wildlife refuge here, but after a long time on the phone back to HQ, he finally had to admit that what we were doing was legal. It was right after that guy on TV got busted. I go after free floating logs or logs laying on an easy-to-get-at-beach below high tide line, and everything I've ever heard or read says that I'm okay with the law doing that." Mark appears to do everything by the book. Mark's kayak logging partner, Brian, has even pioneered a sport using kayaks to haul logs. Mark custom mills much of his salvaged timber which has been used to build everything from a cabin to custom made kayaks. Please check out Mark's blog and you can also view a youtube video of what might very well be the first-ever kayak logging race.