For about the last 10 days there has been logging going on in the field behind our house. When they first started the machines were working almost directly behind our yard, about a 1/3 of a mile away. I was surprised at my own reaction. It almost made me cry, to hear the tree branches breaking. I did manage to watch for a few minutes one time. There was some kind of machine that was just mowing down any sections that didn't have decent sized trees for them to take. The larger ones were grabbed by another machine with some large clamps, then cut off just above the ground level. Then the cut tree was turned on its side and somehow all of the branches stripped from the main trunk. The tree was stacked, awaiting a truck to carry it away. I don't know why the property owner is cutting them, so I can't judge. All I can think of though is the wildlife. Owls, Hawks, Woodpeckers, etc. and etc. If any of those trees had baby birds in them, they are surely dead now. I don't think I have a real good daytime pic of the before. It seems that I was always taking pics at sunset and not in the day. Here is what I do have to give you a little idea.
You can at least see the large pine on the left and the tops of the others .
Here is a pic as of a couple of days ago, all of the pines are gone.
Since I got home there have been two truckloads this size that have pulled out. Notice the size of the driver that is tying down the load, compared to the size of the trees.
Apr 28, 2008 | 1:24 PM PST
Oh dear, I feel for you. I know it hurts so much to have those wonderful trees gone! I didn't have the beauty you had but mine were all cut down to the ground, following a storm here this month. Lost all my shade on the west side of house. Hope you have some of those trees close in to your property.
Keep us informed on what is going on.
Sorry about your view. It was beautiful.
Last edited by indianshadow46 on April 28th at 1:25 PM.
Apr 28, 2008 | 1:28 PM PST
Clear cutting for more farm space or a development, it happens all the time. A few winners and a lot of losers in the long run.There are no guaranties that the area you picked to live will always be that lovely picturesque scene that surrounds you. Most progress is pretty ugly. I am sorry for all of us.
Apr 28, 2008 | 2:20 PM PST
I feel your loss too. I live in an old neighborhood that had lots of empty wooded lots. A builder is taking down most of the trees on them to build more houses. In the 7 years we've lived here, I could count on one hand the number of deer I had seen until 2 yrs ago. Now I see at least 5 a DAY because they are losing all their woods. I cry too for all of the other little critters.
Apr 29, 2008 | 11:19 AM PST
I don't understand why they do that. My neighbor cut down EVERY tree in his yard. His house looks so foolish sitting out in the middle of a big blank spot surrounded by woods. I'll bet he spends a fortune on his AC in the summer.
Apr 29, 2008 | 2:04 PM PST
I, too HATE it when some developer cuts all the trees off an area. Many complain because coyotes are killing small animals (read pets), but these people cut the trees before having a sale!! It's terrible!! After living through Hurricane Rita and seeing how nature "clears the lots", I can't stand to see a tree cut down. And believe me, Southwest La. lost a LOT of HUGE oaks, pines, etc. A shame!
May 2, 2008 | 3:10 AM PST
Trees are a vital part of our lives, after all, they are what we breath.It's a hard choice sometimes, homes need to be built, furniture etc.,I just think that cutting down everything in an area to build developments is so wasteful.