Well so far so good. Landowner showed up this am..looked around ...then brought over hot coffee and fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies...always a good sign. The priorities are to generate a little revenue and have walking trails. Not sure if this would be considered a typical second thinning. This is my first so not quite sure what typical would be exactly. There does seem to be a demand for walking trails.
Just a couple of observations for what there worth.
Have switched back to the leather stilh work boots. The reduction from a 11.5 rubber boot with liner to a 10 leather makes quite a difference in weight and reduces tripping when dealing with the slash. Slash is rolled not drug. Switched to a more aggressive file because of cutting low stumps for the tractor. Will use up more chain quicker but hate a dull saw.
One problem I used to have was with a tree that would get locked behind a stump. The fairlead has put an end to that.
Here are a couple pics of the tractor working in the stand.
Really surprised that the canopy did not close tighter in the 26 years since the thinning.