Use of the Forest

Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):

Monday, December 31, 1990

12/30 - 12/31/90

2hrs. With my Dad's assistance put up drapery rods + drapes on 6 windows in main room.

Monday, December 10, 1990


Fuel gas came + filled propane tank to 85% (was ~20% full) → Total price = $X

Saturday, December 1, 1990


1 hr. Raking + shoveling the road near cabin + barn in a semi-successful attempt to repair the ruts + chewed up lawn caused by Detroit Edison's heavy trucks.

Wednesday, November 28, 1990

11-26, 27, 28-90

Detroit Edison was here from 9:30 AM → 12:00 noon or 1:00 PM each day to replace 2 of the electric ppoles at E. edge of lawn. Power was out for ~1/2 hour on Tuesday + 2 hours on Wednesday. Brought 2 or 3 longer trucks + 4 people each day! (a slight bit of overkill).

Monday, November 19, 1990


Talked with H.M. about getting chimney repaired → University is reluctant to fix it because they fear its use will increase their heating bill! If anything, it should decrease it, unless one were stupid enough to run the propane heater at full blast while the damper was open. Probably the real reason is that they don't want to invest any money that they don't absolutely have to in this property. So the fireplace will remain idle + the wood piled at the E. end of the house will continue to rot with "the slow, smokeless burning of of decay".

Friday, November 16, 1990


S.P.A.C. - Sponsored SNR Bonfire 6:00 PM - 12:30 AM. I didn't get here till 8:00 PM (Forest Ecology duties + dinner delayed me), but all had a good time despite a cold front and a brisk wind off Third Sister Lake.

Thursday, November 15, 1990


Keith Berven came for 3-4 hrs to repair fence around his kettle swamp study site (wood frog study), place buckets of soil (?), + removed fallen tree(s) (for which purpose he borrowed the chainsaw for ~1 hr).
A limnology class came out ~1:30 PM. What a gorgeous day! Sunny and ~65°in the shade.

Thursday, November 8, 1990

11-3, 11-6, 11-8

Sewed 12 panels of drapes for 6 1st floor cabin windows.
Total time: 3hrs + 6 hrs + 7 hrs = 16 hrs

Thursday, November 1, 1990


  • Spent 45 minutes gathering tinder + kindling for SPAC bonfire (11-9-90, 6-10 PM), and sorting out [writing unclear] logs from woodpile at E. side of house.
  • Spent 15 minutes making new oil/gas mixture for chainsaw: ~1 gallon gasoline : 2.6 oz 2-cycle engine oil (which is about a 50:1 gas:oil mix).

Wednesday, October 17, 1990


had free estimate done for work to repair chimney + fire place [Robert's Chimney Service]

    supposedly, the lack of a damper in the fireplace is allowing large amounts of heat loss from the cabin → so repairing the chimney + installing a damper should yield heat savings in 2 ways:
    1. Less heat loss
    2. Use of firewood instead of propane to generate heat.

    however, it will cost $870.00!! Will SNRE be willing to pay? Stay tuned for further developments.

    Tuesday, October 16, 1990


    Finished mowing (1 hr)→ pull-cord on mower no longer retracts → need to repair!

    Sunday, October 14, 1990


    • 4th coat of paint on W. wall cabinets
    • Touched up window frames
    • 2nd coat of paint on floor
    4 hrs
    • Most of lawn mowed [by M.R.] → 1 3/4 hrs

    Thursday, October 11, 1990

    Wednesday, October 10, 1990


    • Water heater finally repaired! (heating element replaced)
    • Washed + swept floor (3rd time) + more scraping
    • 3rd coat paint on counter top
    2 hrs

    * 1st officer's log: on leaving @ 7PM, I found the gate blocked by a white VW rabbit diesel, license # XXX XXX. After a few minutes, its owner, a woman with 2 vicious dogs who were busily lunging at everything  that moved, came up the road. She said, "I didn't know there were any people here." Let's hope that's it for the year! The cabin could come with a cellular phone so one doesn't need to drive backwards (!) all the way to the cabin to call for a tow truck. What a pain!

    Tuesday, October 9, 1990


    • Repaired refrigerator → new plate glass for crisper to replace broken glass, brass bushings + [writing unclear] to support wire grating where plastic supports had broken off, + attached handle to crisper drawer. → 3hrs
    • Moved belongings in from barn

    Monday, October 8, 1990


    • Put 2nd coat of paint (white) on bench top at W. wall cabin.
    • Washed couch with deodorizing enzyme solution (2nd treatment)
    1 hr
    • Moved belongings in from barn.

    Sunday, October 7, 1990


    • Scraped new paint off window interior
    • 2nd coat paint on wall + on cabinet interior (below sink)
    • 1st coat paint (white) on bench-top at W. wall of cabin.
    • Put shelf liner paper on W. wall cabinets (upper)
    5 hrs

    Tuesday, October 2, 1990


    • Painted lower walls w/ non-yellowy white latex enamel → 1 coat.
    • Painted interior of cabinet directly beneath sink (orchid pink) → 1 coat.
    • Repaired handle on cabinet door beneath sink
    • Scraped bench-top of cabinets on W. wall of cabin
    5 1/2 hrs

    Tuesday, September 25, 1990


    5 hrs:
    • Scrubbed + scraped walls in preparation for touch-up painting w/ white latex enamel.
    • Cleaned cabinet under sink - it was unbelievably filthy!

    Saturday, September 22, 1990


    6 hrs:
    • Finished 2nd coat of paint on all window frames + cabinet exteriors/interiors → put 3rd coat of paint on W. wall cabinets (exterior only)
    • Scraped floor again + swept.

    Thursday, September 20, 1990


    3 1/4 hrs + 4 3/4 hrs = 8 hrs → Finished 1st coat of lemon ice + began 2nd coat.
    4 hrs → mowed lawn → used scythe on edges of lawn that had not been cut all summer → especially near Dr. Hehman's boat, and on the SW portion of the lawn near the old cart w/potted geranium. Also cut off line branch on recently dawned box elder (just E of 2 willows near lake) so could mow lawn in that area. Raked areas with a lot of sod + stems lying in clumps.

    Wednesday, September 19, 1990

    Tuesday, September 18, 1990


    6 hrs. → 1st coat of "lemon ice" on cabinets + inside window frames.

    Sunday, September 16, 1990


    10 hrs:
    • Scraped + sanded all inside window frames, rescraped floor, washed floor, rescraped floor a 2nd time.
    • Scraped South Wall

    Friday, September 14, 1990

    Thursday, September 13, 1990


    • Road graded
    • Water heater still not working
    • Dr. Hehman's limnology class was out on lake w/several boats ~3PM → he asked if I could replace the lock that was broken off chain by city (?) when S.L. was away during last 3 weeks of August.
    • 1/2 hour: Checked main roads → no trees down.
    • 7 hrs: More scraping, stripping, sanding, + washing.
    • bought lock for boat + 5 copies of keys.

    Wednesday, September 12, 1990


    5 hrs.
    • Stripping cabinets continues (what a tedious job!)
    • Called J.H. for:
    1. grading road
    2. fixing water heater

    Tuesday, September 11, 1990


    6 hrs:
    • cleaned refrigerator (w/M.R.'s help)
    • began stripping many layers of paint off cabinets
    • planed sides of cabinet doors so they can be shut properly

    Sunday, September 9, 1990


    I (P.S.) move in + S.L. moves out. Decide to do much painting + scraping in cabin before moving my stuff in from the barn.

    • scraped cement floor, removed large, smelly rug
    • cleaned windows, window sills, + walls + shower
    • cleaned trash out of streambed near lakeshore

    Wednesday, August 29, 1990

    8/7 - 8/29

    Gone west! SF looke after by C.C., M.B., C.L.

    Returned to fine no problems but long grass + a dead salmon at the gate. Why??

    4hr. Mow + rake. Put lime on salmon to reduce stench. Un-bury walkway to cabin.

    Saturday, July 7, 1990


    Old red Chevette (?) XXX XXX at gate 11:30 PM. Encountered middle-age curly blond ♂ near cabin.

    [Michigan Department of Public Health] Tests the well water for dioxane.

    Responsible for us getting the bottled water.

    Wednesday, July 4, 1990


    5 hr. Repaint loft ceiling, finish constructing rail in loft, paint rail.

    Yesterday (7/3) arrived at noon to find the willow tree by the lake draped in white fabric with a nude woman posed against it being photographed. I suggested to the couple that some visitors might find this offensive + they packed up and left - promising to "be more discreet" in the future.

    Saturday, June 30, 1990

    Friday, June 8, 1990


    Carolina wren again singing... Later found trapped in the front porch.

    Three birds have been caught in that porch now in less than a year.
    • Pine siskin
    • House wren
    • Carolina wren

    Saturday, May 12, 1990

    5.12 New birds -

    Swanson's Thrush - several
    Black & white warbler - 1
    Tennessee warbler - 1
    Nashville warbler - 1
    Magnolia warbler - 1
    Black-throated green warbler - 1
    Chestnut-sided warbler - 1
    Ovenbird - 1
    Common yellowthroat
    Redstart (5)
    Northern oriole
    Whitethroated sparrow

    Wednesday, May 9, 1990


    Great crested Flycatcher
    Yellow-rumpted warbler
    Carolina Wren
    Tufted titmouse
    Wood thrush
    Common Yellowthroat
    White-throated Sparrow
    Chimney Swift

    Monday, April 23, 1990


    Jim Birchfield's Wildlands Management course in AM to present management plans for the Forest.

    Saturday, April 21, 1990

    Sunday, April 15, 1990

    15 April

    Pied-billed Grebe
    Ring-necked Pheasant
    Rupous-sided Towhee
    Brown creeper
    White-breasted nuthatch
    Golden-crowned kinglet
    Song sparrow
    White wrens
    Downy woodpecker (pair)

    Tuesday, March 13, 1990

    Monday, March 12, 1990

    Sunday, February 25, 1990

    25 Feb

    Another break-in reported at the gate. Student from Jim Circhfield's class looking at alternative management plans for the forest lost a window + his backpack. It was reported to the sheriff.

    Wednesday, February 7, 1990

    7 Feb.

    Another break-in to a car at gate ~$200 lost from leather backpack by X. I encouraged her to call the sheriff.