Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pining for the Pines

A few of the remaining dead pines on the property, victims of the pine bettle epidemic. We cleared about 2 acres last spring, the remaining few will come down this year. The smallest dead pines are falling over unassisted, rotting at the roots.

The standing dead trees host fodder for the multitude of woodpecker and sapsucker species that live in the area, and will eventually warm us in the winter as firewood.

The very young pines are surviving, though we don't have that many on the property.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

There are many tracts of pine forest that were planted in S.Ontario that are now having to be cut down because of the pine beetles. It seems that planting only one type of tree over many acres has contributed to the problem. Nature needs more diversity to be healthy.