Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stumped/ SOOC

A scattering of needles (either white or red pine) over old tree stump

This stump is in the York Regional Forest where Lakota (previous post) likes to walk.

The land - now regional forests - had been farmed by European settlers in the 1800s, but the soil is sandy and not good for growing much.  The farms failed and in windy weather, the sand blew around causing dust storms.

In the early 1920s, a restoration committee formed to replant 5,000 acres in red and white pines, which grow quickly. The plan was to allow hardwood trees such as maples to eventually take over.

The pines are now being harvested, a few each year, to make room for hardwood saplings to grow.

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Becky said...

Perfect for SOOC. No snow yet?

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Thanks EG for the info from that area. Quite interesting... Great picture showing the old stump and the pine needles.

Cezar and Léia said...

This is very interesting, I hope people there keep this idea to replant the pines!

Leora said...

I can smell its beautiful fragrance from here. Nice composition.

Reminds me of the history of northern New England - farmers came, cut down trees, farmers left for better land in the midwest. Trees grew back, so forests are comparatively young.

Jeanne said...

Love it. And neat to hear some of the history there! RYC: I did do that needlework piece and yes yesterday's SOOC post the dome is gold. Very impressive building!

gengen said...

Nice SOOC Sunday shot...Great.

Lowell said...

I like the plan. Nothing like hardwood trees. This photo could have been taken in our back yard, where we have a stump and lots of pine needles from lots of pine trees...even worse the pine needles get in the pool!

Hope you week is wonderful!

Small City Scenes said...

Well it looks like the plan is working after taking time for trees to grow. MB

Betty said...

That is a very nice story and a lovely stump covered with pine needles.Good plan to save the forest.

George said...

You gave us an intriguing picture and some very interesting information. The pines obviously have done their job in the reclamation project. I hope the hardwoods thrive as well.

Jan said...

Great shot, and love the historical insight.

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