Wayne and I took a walk in our woods to where the clearcutting is occurring behind our property line. It’s very sad up close, but we found comfort in the beauty of our woods in the early spring. It’s therapeutic to share it here with you, both the ugly and God’s creations.
First, I’ll summarize the specs. We own 2.2 acres, about two of which are wooded behind our house and the neighbors on either side of us. This past week about eight acres on the property abutting ours, which unlike ours is zoned commercial/residential, was harvested to make room for an unknown development.
The back of our woods sits 25 feet from the clearcutting while our house is about 450 feet away. The rest of the trees you see above the clearcut line belong to a different abutter whose woods also abut ours. He owns 36 acres which essentially means he owns much of the woods behind many the houses on our street…but not ours.
We walked to our property’s edge.
We had placed that “No Trespassing” ribbon on our property line last year. The pink ribbon belongs to the developer’s surveyor.
This used to be a pond surrounded by woods.
It was bittersweet to see the ducks. They don’t understand that they are going to be losing their pond. It’s our assumption the developer will be filling it in.
What was hopeful was to see many saplings that will now be getting more sunshine.
We may plant more to thicken our woods over time.
A view of our woods facing away from the giant void.
Wayne pointed out that there was wintergreen growing which smells minty sweet.
Home sweet home to a woodland creature.
My absolute favorite thing about today was listening to our seasonal spring stream. You can watch and listen here.
Our view before clearcutting:
Our view now:
Fortunately not all of our woods abut the clearcutting; but knowing how things are going in this town, I won’t count on it staying that way. I still feel fortunate to live where I do. Wayne and I love our woods more than ever now!
Plus, we are blessed with a couple of terrific chipmunks! They were waiting for their sunflower seeds when we returned.