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Healing Forests

Last summer, when I hired John Sutherland and his Bull Hog, I was thankful that the machine didn’t scar the landscape any more than it did. The work he did was immensely helpful, because, for the first time, I could orient myself on the property and not be lost in thickets of briars and multiflora rose. Still, there was an awful lot of debris.

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It isn’t easy to see in this picture, but there are three blue paint marks on the large oak on the right side of the picture. That was for the benefit of a logger who, after the marks were made, decided that there wasn’t enough marketable timber on the property to make it worth his while. That has turned out to be a blessing, because I rather like some of those twisted and unusually shaped trees!

Here is pretty much the same route, taken last week:

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The fallen leaves are such a pretty carpet, aren’t they? If you didn’t know better, you’d never know that a machine had made this path, would you? The path made for a very nice stroll through the woods – no downed trees in the way to trip over and no thickets of multiflora rose to steer clear of.

1 Comment on “Healing Forests”

  1. #1 Beth
    on Nov 24th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    John and his Bull Hog did a great job—that path looks very inviting. I miss the half-mile trail we had through the woods at our old home.

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