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    Best Trees for Log Rides

    I'm just getting into trail work here in Kansas City, MO and have scouted a few fallen trees to make skinnies or log rides. I'm not exactly sure what type of trees they all are, but I'm pretty sure one is a Silver Maple and another is a Red Oak. Am I wasting time making anything out of the Silver Maple (faster rot and decay)? In the midwest, what trees make the best durable log rides and what trees should I stay away from?

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    Avoid the maple, it will last 2-3 years if in contact with the ground. We typically build stuff out of recently fallen white oak and expect it to last 8-12 years. Remove the bark from whatever you use to prevent accelerated decay and use larger diameter logs to increase lifespan.

    Check out this webpage: web.utk.edu/~tfpc/publicat/decay.htm

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    if you can find one i'd say Maclura Pomifera.
    locust too, they are slow to decay

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