"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Timber is a renewable natural resource here in Minnesota. Timber is harvested just like a crop. The Department of Natural Resources is in charge of public lands. Now I am not saying that they are perfect in their management practices..but someone has to manage the timber on public land..and they do a fair job.
Timber should be harvested from time to time to stop the threat of disease that will wipe out entire species of trees in one area. The Lodgepole Pines out west are good examples of why plantings should not be all done at once with the same kind of tree, when the Mountain Pine Beetles came in..they had a hay day destroying entire stands.
Forest Fires are Mother Natures way of taking care of old stands of trees and regenerating the forests. Logging is one way to keep the threat of forest fires at bay and it opens up the dense canopy and allows new trees to begin growing. Renewable resource..either by fire or logging..at least with logging the lumber harvested is used, and wildlife is not displaced like it would be in a forest fire. I don’t particularly like the mess left behind by the loggers either..but I have noticed that some logging companies are much neater than others.
Far Guy and I like to watch them work..we heard that from this spot back in the woods that you could see Shell Lake. Way up there..and this was a zoomed in view..I never realized that this hill was that high.
I wondered if you could see it from Shell Lake..sure enough..
One day last week I spotted it.
I am not sure if the brush piles will be burned..or just left to decay and be homes for rabbits and squirrels. Trees will re-grow in this area eventually:)