Tree Stumps

The area around Buntzen Lake is second growth forest.  The area was forested in the early 1900s and evidence remains today in the form of giant tree stumps. The massive stump below is seen near the start of the Buntzen Lake Trail…

Large Stump near start of trail

Here are three more large tree stumps on the Buntzen Lake Trail…

Tree stump

Tree stump

Large Stump

Back when logging was done by hand, axes were used to cut large notches in the base of the tree. The loggers would then insert a springboard (wooden plank) into the notch, stand on the springboard, and use crosscut saws to saw down the massive old growth trees that blanketed the area. Check out the photos below. You can see the springboard notches…

Springboard Notches

Springboard notches

Below is an up close photo of a springboard notch…

Springboard notch

Below is an archival photo of a tree being cut down using a springboard…

Cutting tree ca. 1910

Check out this massive tree being cut down by a team of men…

Men around a tree

This is an old video showing how large trees were cut down…

Here’s a cool old tree stump on the south beach, with a new tree growing in it…

Tree on a stump

One tip, if you haven’t already, go for a nice stroll around the Energy Trail. There are some huge stumps there, including this hollow stump…

Buntzen Lake Hollow Tree

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