By Bill Kleiman
Most natural areas have brush work to do. Repeated use of prescribed fire keeps brush in check, but often a tract is purchased which has not had fire in a long time and the build up of brush and trees can be a challenge.
Have you ever been thinning brush, and at the end of a tired day exclaimed, “We need a bigger tool!”?
The Middle Rock Conservation Partners recently purchased, with a loan, a Fecon FTX200 brush mower.
This is a steel tracked, 200 horse-power steroid version of a skid loader with a brush attachment.
This was an audacious move for an all-volunteer group. This land trust also recently purchased its first tract of land, 90-acres of heavily brush encroached former savanna and former prairie. Fire breaks don’t exist. The brush seems endless. I wrote about this tract of land a while back.
Owning land and managing land can lead to bold steps. MRCP hopes this tool will help lots of natural areas in the Middle Rock area.
Above photo shows the service truck for the mower. The service truck is an old dump-truck that we cut off the sides and back, and loaded the flat bed with a large diesel transfer tank, and equipment cabinets to hold various things to keep the mower going. The service truck proves to be important.
This is Damian Considine on the right, installing a fence brace with Mike Saxton. Damian is the key operator of the MRCP brush mower. He is a volunteer who has adopted this machine and its purpose. Damian loves habitat and has cut enough brush by hand to appreciate a big tool and where to use it.
Here is a link to the Middle Rock Conservation Partners https://www.middlerockconservationpartners.org/
And a link about the forestry mower https://www.middlerockconservationpartners.org/forestry-mower.html