Saturday, March 5, 2011

They're BAAAAAACCCCK!


The other morning even before I began my walk, I kept hearing what sounded like a chain saw.  At first, I thought it might have been Sam up on the other side of the ridge.

However, when the dogs and I headed down the road, about 3/10 of mile away from the house, the noises were louder.  As we rounded the bend, this is what we saw.

When I last spoke to Emerson, he had told me that the loggers were going to start cutting in a roadway to access his property.  He's having it clear cut.   Of course, the property owned by the church was done last year and now his.  That same feeling of "invasion" came over me, although I know that clearing timber from the land promotes new growth.  I do know that.  I just don't like it.  Let's just hope and pray that the Pres doesn't want to get ours done!

I know I've told you this before when I talked about loggers...it makes me feel like the people in the movie Avatar!

18 comments:

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

I know exactly how you feel, JP. We have neighbors to our east that rent out their land to hunters several times a year and it somehow bothers me. I know, weird, but I don't like change! :)

Sandra said...

it hurts me to see trees cut or knocked down, here in FL they raped our land until the govt finaly said enough and now we have to have permits to cut a tree. a day late and a dollar short since now there are millions of homes sitting out in the middle of pastures with no trees. i would be upset about hunters also. and i do so hate change of any kind

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The loggers called us this week to see if we wanted to cut and although we've held out for a very long time (10+ years now) we've made the decision to go ahead. It makes me sad, but I'm going to be pretty aggressive w/ my environmental concerns with them, and according to the forestry study we had done a few years back it'll be good for our land (we won't be clear cutting, just select). We don't really have a choice right now, as I haven't had a class in 2 months and everything at our house broke last month, and these boys want their groceries!

Teresa said...

I certainly can understand that feeling of invasion. I get really protective of my trees, and I actually plan to put more in the pasture this summer.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I had tree trimmers here yesterday removing dead branches from the winter. It was suggested that I remove a couple from the yard that I remember my Dad planting 60 plus years ago. I made the decision that they could remove them, after I was dead and gone.

texwisgirl said...

Wow. I'd hate to see and hear that. I hope the 'surgery' will be over soon...

twbcountrygirl said...

JP, I get the same feeling. We recently sold 130 of our acreage because the taxes on keeping the land were eating us up. The county would much rather have homes on 1/3 acre lots that they can tax to the hilt rather than raw land. Needless to say the decision just killed us, but as a family and extended family we decided to let it go. We carved out the most beautiful 30 acres to keep. The day the bulldozers came in it broke my heart. I think that's the closest to become depressed I've ever been. I didn't want to eat and I had trouble sleeping. Now that the neighborhoods are there things have quieted down, but I don't think as long as I live, I'll ever get over the feeling of loss. Sorry for such a downer comment, you just really struck a cord with me.
the wanna be country girl - Caroline

Angela said...

When we first bought our farm there were a few farms that did the clear cut logging. The logging trucks ruined our road. It also caused lots of water to just roll off the hills so fast that we had a lot of flooding that year. Since they don't take all of the tree it just looks awful too. I'm not a big fan of logging. People will say that you make a lot of money logging but no one will say exactly how much they made. I've not been able to tell that they made a lot of money by way of a new vehicle or something fun like a boat so I don't get it. That's part of my 2 cents worth! lol

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

Kilauea Poetry said...

I'd be a little paranoid too. When people move here they aren't instructed (though it's not booming anymore) to just clear a house pad..some (not all) go on and flatten the entire acre thinking they'll plant grass and palm trees? Rare when you see any good come of it? Too bad they couldn't just meet in livingrooms (lol)

Jane said...

Clear cutting can stir up snakes too,get them moving. Of course it is a little early for snakes,what with hibernation. Also clear cutting denudes the woods makes them ugly,for awhile anyway.Be nice if they would leave your woods alone.Blessings jane

Chatty Crone said...

Well, the truth is you bought that property for the wilderness it had - to clear it kind of defeats the orginal purpose. Hope it turns out okay.

sandie♥

THE OLD GEEZER said...

It hard to stop progress even when you lay down in front of the tractor. Hopefully things work out for you :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've felt the same way with the property in back of us for sale--There is a line of trees that separate us from that lot and I worry all the time that the new owners will come and knock down all the trees--Sadly it seems to be what people do when they move to the country.....

Gail said...

Logging can be beneficial but I have never liked clear cutting. Choose the big trees and leave the little ones to grow...but you know that. It feels more than invasive, almost an assault.

gld said...

Progress just keeps happening no matter how we hate it.

I worry that the property across the road from us will be sold...........we are very close to the road.

There isn't anything any of us can do if we don't own the land.

I hate change too and hate to see all the woods come down.

Bee Lady said...

Hi JP - Thank you for visiting my blog. I certainly understand how you feel. We have 27 acres of woods, plus a little more, and our neighbor is always wanting to pull out our trees. He says they are scrub, but I don't care, I like them and I like the privacy they provide. We keep planting more all the time.

Cindy Bee

Doris Sturm said...

Who is "the Pres"? I've heard you mentioning his name before - is the the president of your home owner's association? (just guessing)...I don't like loggers either, nor hunters, nor people who fish because they always leave tons of litter in the water and their dangerous fishing lines for wildlife...this is very sad!

forestwalk/laura k said...

oh, i know what you mean...
we have so many 'tree farms' around here...and the sound of those big MOVERS cutting and plucking up those trees...and then seeing them stacked on the flatbeds... :(

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