Community operations recently completed a two-week project to build a new entrance-arch at Bearcat Stables.
Crews recycled old growth timber from recently felled trees at the Trailhead to construct the new 16-foot tall by 16-foot wide arch. The trees were infested by the Douglas Fir Beetle and had become a safety hazard near the community gathering spot.
The building process included stripping the bark off 20-foot sections then bringing the logs to the community operations shop to be fit together. The team dug a 5-foot hole and poured concrete to hold two 7-inch x 7-inch x 12-foot square, vertical steel beams at Bearcat's entrance. The logs were then cut to fit around the steel and connected by four 1-inch threaded rod and bolts. The logs are treated with a clear varnish to help protect them from the elements.
The vertical posts are from trees that were over 100 years old, and the horizontal post is from a tree that was about 80 years old. It took four sections of four trees to construct the archway.