We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For any of you who have enjoyed a drive through our Black Forrest, (Schwarzwald) you should know the trees and forests in most of Germany are actually less than 150-years old.
The Black Forrest was pretty much completely deforested during the beginning of the industrial revolution. Thousands of hectares were cut down, to the point that we lost many of our native species. Those were later replaced with spruce and pines, which grow quickly, but are terrible for replacing the native forests that existed before.
Today, German forests are actually on the increase by around 3% each year. Primarily because we have become less and less dependent upon agriculture. Old towns are becoming empty as the youth leave for the cities, and old buildings, farms and barns are being torn down and the land turned back into it's natural state. This has been happening across Italy, France and Spain as well for decades.
Karl Horst (Germany)
They used something similar to cut back the high tension power line easement at the back of my property a couple years ago. Just a couple of guys with their machines. The mulch was left laying.
Neighbor had them cut another few few feet to clear all the way to his pasture. The row of t-posts was of no concern to them. They went down just as the trees, although we stayed a distance because the t-posts went flying.
I've considered having this type of clearing done on a little 3 acre patch of what has become a privet conservancy. My Dad, in his later years, let the pasture overgrow and its just too much for me to knock over with a bushog on a 25 hp Kubota. Don't know what I'd do with the pasture after it was cleared, but I suppose I'd have to make some use of it or the privet would just regenerate.