Forest sunset in Haernetsberg

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7 years 3 months ago #28064 by gordon
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7 years 3 months ago #28089 by mossie
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I think you mean plantation <!-- s:scratchchin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scratchchin.gif" alt=":scratchchin:" title="Perplexed" /><!-- s:scratchchin: -->

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mossie wrote: I think you mean plantation <!-- s:scratchchin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scratchchin.gif" alt=":scratchchin:" title="Perplexed" /><!-- s:scratchchin: -->

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No, forest.... note I did not say Indigenous forest... <!-- s:duck: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/duck.gif" alt=":duck:" title="Fear" /><!-- s:duck: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #28092 by mossie
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You can plant trees, but you can't plant birds, bees and butterflies :(

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7 years 3 months ago #28093 by gordon
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mossie wrote: You can plant trees, but you can't plant birds, bees and butterflies :(

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And who would want to plant birds, bees and butterflies??

The owner of the farm was showing us around the (his) plantation. Fascinating hearing how these trees are grown.
Basically they plant X number of trees at the start and then thin them out by half twice until they harvest them. This thinning process stops the trees from using to much water as well as allowing the "good" trees to reach maturity in good condition.

Interestingly the lack of undergrowth is actually not from the acidity of the trees or the lack of light, it is people that come along and clear under the "plantations".

The foresters also make sure that all the water courses are kept clear of alien trees and do quite a lot of work encouraging the indigenous trees to grow there. This particular farmer/forester also maintains natural corridors between each of the alien forests.

He also allows the undergrowth to grow on his plantations.

It is actually fascinating how much management and work goes into these forests.

While I would personally rather see only indigenous forests in that area, at least there is some effort to keep some of those original forests.

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