Skip to comments.'Rita-Wood' Rebuilding Buras One Plank At a Time: Storm-downed Trees Used For New Homes
Posted on 01/23/2006 6:52:18 AM PST by CajunConservative
The pastor from Pineville calls it "Rita-wood," stacks of two-by-fours hewn from oak and pine trees that were downed by Hurricane Rita when it tore through southwest Louisiana and east Texas in September.
Garry Jones, an Illinois native who brought his missionary zeal to central Louisiana four years ago, is processing those fallen trees in Texas, then trucking them into Plaquemines Parish to rebuild homes. Jones, founder of ReaLife Ministries, sees the lumber as the Providence-given raw material needed to lift the community from its hurricane woes.
(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...
If the Environazi's let him get away with this it will be a first.
They normally sue and tie this kind if thing up in court long enough for the trees to rot in uslessness.
This will not go unpunished.
Problem is, next winter there will be more hurricanes and storms. I wonder how prepared New Orleans will be.
Just wondering, not wet-blanketing. :o)
Sports fishermen know it as a super area to catch redfish in.
It's way below New Orleans on the river system.
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You don't understand, there are a LOT of trees down. The environazi's don't have a snowball's chance in this. This is a forest industry area.
I don't know but I am kind of tired of the constant wet blanket negative crap. That is why I posted a GOOD NEWS story. These people in that area are probably workers in the oil field or fishermen. Buras is not in New Orleans. It's a whole different world, culture and lifestyle.
Go get a map and learn your geography. Buras is not located in New Orleans. It's not even in Orleans Parish.
Don't get your shorts in a bunch.
I was supporting the Ritawood efforts in general and specifically and it IS a good thing.
But I was meandering from the main point of the article, God forgive me for my sins, and JUST WONDERING about New Orleans. Mea culpa!
I AM allowed to do that, am I not? GeezLaweez.
You want Mary Poppins? Watch Disney.
Or, DON'T read my posts. How's them apples?
You want perfect geography? Go to a cartographer's site.
Lol. What a foolish thing to say about wet blanket.....here on the fr, the home of the wet blanket. Are you on the wrong site or what.
I posted a news article. One that is the heart of conservatism. You know the private sector providing a much better alternative to the $59,000 FEMA travel trailer. I mean, the ministry is simply using the resources available, they are recycling tons and tons of fallen trees, building safe and sturdy housing for $10,000, and not charging a penny to the taxpayer.
As far as news goes, I want the whole truth, not just the filtered news that comes from the media. I happen to live in the Rita direct impact zone and know that what you read in the news isn't exactly what is going on. I have friends and family in New Orleans area and they tell me a whole different story than what you hear even on FR.
When responding to a post of mine, remove my name then I won't read your post. Come to think of it, maybe I am at the wrong site. This isn't really a conservative site at heart anymore.
What an uplifting story - great to hear it!
Yes it is a great story. One of many similar like it.
Buras aint Choco area....... not enough shoe & plasma tv stores...."You know what I'm talkin bout" tm*(Hillary MLK day 2006)
"Come to think of it, maybe I am at the wrong site. This isn't really a conservative site at heart anymore."
You're right I'm afraid and it's a real shame. This site is so full of hate and venom anymore that it seems to have become more a contest of who can be the most mean spirited, cold hearted poster and not who can discuss and further the conservative issues that we all care about in a reasonable, respectful manner. A lot of the posters here lately, not all mind you, are playing right into the stereotypes that democrats and liberals have of conservatives, that being that we are all a bunch of mean spirited, heartless neanderthals and that is NOT what conservatives are.
Many of the posts here about self reliance and self sufficiency are things that I agree with but these thoughts could be posted and discussed without all the name calling and venom that is in so many of the posts. Also, I've said this before and I will always believe that a lot of the posters just have no idea how bad and widespread the destruction was and that it certainly is not going to be an easy, quick fix. It is not as simple as getting your insurance check and rebuilding your house.
I am honestly surprised at the depth of hate and venom for a natural disaster. We all know that there were mistakes and that we witnessed the fruits of liberalism in Katrina. that is why we need to focus on that issue in order to win over the fence straddlers, however, if those who straddle the fence see the venom across the board as has been expressed here they will be turned off and vote accordingly.
ALL trees are owned by someone. If by a Government enity, then proper bidding will have to take place to harvest in accordance to local/state laws.
Many tree trimming business by contract, salvage (harvest) the trees they are removing and sell the raw material where they make the best money. In the Piney Woods, I expect that they will collect and truck to the saw mills.
The timber companies did salvage as many trees as they could on their own property. This is the extras that people didn't know what to do with. For example, my cousin had 5 acres of mature oaks and pines and the cheapest route to clear her land was to allow an independent logger salvage the trees for him to sell at whatever price he could get. Otherwise, it would have cost her a fortune. Believe me there are a lot of similar stories.
The real demand at this time will be Pole Trucks to ship the logs.
**Not to long ago, some guys got busted salvaging (stealing) Chestnut Trees on Federal property. These trees had died 80+ years ago and were still in marketable condition.
Go soak your head and learn some manners.
I do apologize for being short with your post but I am tired of all of the asanine posts, which I get stuck dealing with since I was nominated to handle the Louisiana ping list. I usually handle them better but come on every thread about Louisiana comes down to ugliness. My manners have just about run dry.
I post a nice article about a selfless group of people helping out a devastated town that was ground zero for Katrina. These folks are hard working, tough, resourceful and not the sponges from New Orleans. Buras is many miles and a whole world away from New Orleans. They do something in a way that won't cost the taxpayers a penny. Yet the only comments that were made had nothing to do with the article posted. It was about Nagin's stupid remarks.
Not every (asinine) post requires or deserves a response. Feel free to ignore them. I'm sure the Louisiana ping list people will understand.
By the way, are you familiar with the state Topics lists? Those who are interested in Louisiana news can add the Louisiana topic to their sidebars. Then, there's no need for anyone to ping and maintain a Louisiana ping list.
When you or anyone else happens upon an article to which you would have pinged your (obsolete) ping list, if "US: Louisiana" doesn't appear in the TOPICS list, you can add it by clicking the "Click to Add Topic" link and enter LA.
So is Washington State, Mt. St. Helens. It's my understanding that none of those tens of millions of trees were allowed to be harvested.
Same is true for the Hayman Fire area in Colorado. That's where a Forest Service worker got mad and started a fire. The Forest Service refused to allow local fire departments to fire the blaze. 120,000 acres of woods burnt. No logging as far as I know. It burned within 20 miles of me.
The only good news out of all that was the group of 10 or so homeowners who banded together, and with shotguns and rifles held off governement authorities orders to evacuate. They held off authorities and at the same time other homeowners fought the fire. By local accounts it was a tense standoff. The authorites did nothing to help. The homeowners won on both counts! There oughta be a movie.
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