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Someone needs to recover giant log along shoreline PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

About three weeks ago, my wife and I?noticed a long, black object laying on the shoreline on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes.

We went out to investigate and found a tree, 39 feet long and 18 inches in diameter at the bottom end, that floated up on shore. Someone apparently cut all the branches off within 3 inches of the trunk.

I attached a cable to the small ends, and a chain and rope to the large end to prevent it from floating back out. I called the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to Woodruff to see if they would deal with it. They referred me to Wendy Heniges with the shoreline agency. She told me it’s up to me to get rid of it.

At the time it floated in, muskie fishermen were hunting for trophies. It’s scary to think what would happen if a $15,000 boat would have hit that tree. I don’t know if the bow would be damaged or the engine could hit the tree and possibly tear out of the transom. The impact may have tossed the occupants out of the boat and into the water. This time of year, hypothermia could set in soon, possibly killing the fishermen.

The tree must have been in the water a long time as it was very waterlogged.

Whoever used it for who knows what should be ashamed for allowing that tree to break loose and float away. With 12 cords of firewood to cut, split and stack, I?don’t need another project before winter.

Would the owner of this shoreline monster come and get your tree? It’s on the north shore of Sand Lake in  in front of a blue home.

Glen Ahlswede

Sugar Camp

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM

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