“Danger, Danger Will Robinson, Da-“ Yeah, I probably just dated myself, ha!
This spring we purchased a lovely, albeit much-neglected homestead. When we first saw it, we were in awe of the beauty surrounding us – not just the stunning view of Mt. Rainier, but the majestic spruce, fir, cedar, pines, and cottonwoods that filled the property.
The problem with majestic is it can also be dangerous, and in the worst case scenario, deadly.
Many of those majestic trees are wider than the house is wide and taller than the house is long, which could really cause an issue should one of them fall in that direction or that of any of the other structures on our property.
Many of the tree’s root systems, with the passage of time, have become exposed, which increases the possibility they could fall in a storm.
The back half of the barn was already lost, prior to our purchase. This was due, in large part, to a clear cut operation on the hundreds of acres behind us (owned by a California Timber Company), which removed any wind break our property may have had and leaving our trees overly exposed to harsh winds, making the inevitability of more fallen trees, greater.
So, with very heavy hearts (made heavier by comments from friends and family who, though we explained our reasons, continued to question our motives and/or comment about the “poor” trees), we made the decision to log the property of those trees that presented the most danger.
This wasn’t a decision we entered into lightly, and we have all shed many tears over our decision, however, it’s a decision I’m glad we made.
As each grand and noble tree was brought down, it became apparent a great majority (90-95%) of the trees were filled with rot – it was only a matter of time before one or more fell, potentially causing tragedy.
The landscape we fell in love with, has been forever altered – I’m not sure I can to get used to how barren it looks, though, as a thoughtful friend continues to remind me, we now have a fresh slate to work with.
I can’t wait until we can start replanting!!
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