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'Rita-Wood' Rebuilding Buras One Plank At a Time: Storm-downed Trees Used For New Homes
Nola.com ^ | Monday, January 23, 2006 | Matthew Brown

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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: christian; katrina; louisiana; rita; volunteers
"Using Rita-wood, we could build a house for $10,000," Jones said. "Then someone can come here and they can be a beacon for the community, and then maybe others will move back. . . . How the turmoil of one area, the destruction of one area, is used to benefit another, it's like saying, 'You can knock us down but you can't knock us out.' "
1 posted on 01/23/2006 6:52:22 AM PST by CajunConservative
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To: CajunConservative

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.


2 posted on 01/23/2006 6:57:06 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who have dementia.)
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To: CajunConservative
Good to hear some very positive news stories out of Louisiana.

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)

3 posted on 01/23/2006 6:58:44 AM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: CajunConservative
Buras is in a bad location (for hurricanes). That makes it well suited as the home of a National Weather Service Doppler site.

Sports fishermen know it as a super area to catch redfish in.

It's way below New Orleans on the river system.

4 posted on 01/23/2006 6:58:57 AM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: CajunConservative
"Using Rita-wood, we could build a house for $10,000," Jones said. "Then someone can come here and they can be a beacon for the community, and then maybe others will move back."

Chocolate only. No vanilla allowed.

5 posted on 01/23/2006 6:58:57 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: abb; alnick; AzaleaCity5691; BerniesFriend; Bitsy; bigeasy_70118; Bogey780; CajunConservative; ...
This is a great story of how the Church has been working and helping in the most devasted areas. I have seen with my own eyes people giving their all to help out their fellow citizens. I am very thankful and grateful for their sacrifice.

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6 posted on 01/23/2006 7:00:10 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

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.


7 posted on 01/23/2006 7:02:07 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: starfish923

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.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 7:05:03 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: newgeezer

Go get a map and learn your geography. Buras is not located in New Orleans. It's not even in Orleans Parish.


9 posted on 01/23/2006 7:06:54 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: CajunConservative
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.

10 posted on 01/23/2006 7:12:18 AM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: CajunConservative
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.

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.

11 posted on 01/23/2006 7:15:30 AM PST by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: starfish923

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.


12 posted on 01/23/2006 7:32:53 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: CajunConservative

What an uplifting story - great to hear it!


13 posted on 01/23/2006 7:49:03 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: Think free or die

Yes it is a great story. One of many similar like it.


14 posted on 01/23/2006 7:54:33 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: newgeezer
>"Chocolate only. No vanilla allowed."

Buras aint Choco area....... not enough shoe & plasma tv stores...."You know what I'm talkin bout" tm*(Hillary MLK day 2006)

Kill A Commie For Mommie
Seven Dead Monkeys Page O Tunes

15 posted on 01/23/2006 8:04:09 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("If you're talking to AQ, we want to know why!" Yogi Berra couldn't have said it any plainer!)
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To: CajunConservative

"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.


16 posted on 01/23/2006 8:10:07 AM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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17 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:32 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

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.





18 posted on 01/23/2006 8:36:55 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: CajunConservative
In the South, trees are a business and thus property. I read nothing in the linked story about permission to harvest trees from private/public property.

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.

19 posted on 01/23/2006 10:02:34 AM PST by Deguello
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To: Deguello

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.



20 posted on 01/23/2006 10:14:31 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: CajunConservative
She did the right thing to have the trees sold. Keep in mind that one is not limited to a local saw mill or one bidder that makes you a take it or leave it offer. There are still many Mom & Pop saw mills in operation in East Texas. Those mills outside the Rita Area should also be in the market for the salvaged trees.

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.

21 posted on 01/23/2006 10:25:45 AM PST by Deguello
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To: CajunConservative
Go get a map and learn your geography.

Go soak your head and learn some manners.

22 posted on 01/23/2006 11:19:02 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: newgeezer

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.


23 posted on 01/23/2006 11:43:36 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: CajunConservative
I am tired of all of the asanine posts, I get stuck dealing with since I was nominated to handle the Louisiana ping list

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.

24 posted on 01/23/2006 12:12:41 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: CajunConservative
This is a forest industry area.

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.

25 posted on 01/23/2006 8:10:28 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who have dementia.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
This area is also mostly rednecks who don't take kindly to those envirowhackos. ;) The make up of the population is the difference. Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas is full of mostly conservative common sense people not earth worshiping greens.
26 posted on 01/24/2006 5:07:36 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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