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Driving down the main Preserve road to our well yesterday, a section of forest to the West didn’t look right. I stopped and noticed that in one area a number of trees had lost their entire tops, spikes of bare trunks were numerous. Though one can usually see clear sky where the deforested farm begins, there’s some vegetation in the way. Here the view was clear to the farm.

A powerful front came through shortly after our tractor was moved to safety on Sunday December 10. As the front came through a small tornado was reported at the Treasure Cay Airport just North of the Preserve.

I’ve seen tornado damage in the forest before and think that we had either a touch from the twister at TC or had our own brief but powerful event. Fortunately the twister was small and there are many trees still standing. It will take a while for new trees to fill the gap. Several years at least.
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Messy is safe! Thanks to the great efforts of the Owner and Manager of Abaco Foods and their staff and equipment. After years of sitting in a remote field Messy was loaded onto a trailer (as a major cold front approached) and taken to the safety of the nearby farm which borders our Preserve. Note the missing rear tire. We need a rim, we do have a tire. Front tires could use replacement too. As soon as we can replace her disappeared battery we'll see what the engine needs. Anyone who loves Perkins 4-108 diesels will understand our optimism. Please help, best of all for us are subscriptions, as little as $12 per year(!) at <arkwild.org/blog/> or donations direct from this page. We can't afford a Pininfarina Zetor tractor, but we believe our Messy can roll again. Thank You! ... See MoreSee Less

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As we speak, with frontal storm clouds racing by, and gusts of high wind, our tractor Messy Ferguson is on a trailer headed for the nearby farm where she will be safe. Bandwidth is sketchy out there, we hope to have photos of the move late today.
We loaned her to someone to help with their farm, a rear tire was blown and there she sat, nearly four years. A few parts have disappeared over the years, she's in rough shape. But a new tire finally arrived, we now need a new rim, probably two, and two front tires. Her Perkins 4 108 engine has always been smooth, as soon as we can get a battery we'll see what happens. She's a critical part of our restoration work.
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