Friday, February 28, 2014
The Burke farm is bustling with activity. The brothers of Shepard Construction have two excavators and two big bulldozers at work clearing 11.5 acres of woods there. They have commented on the large number of stumps they are finding. This woods has had the trees harvested more than once, with the most recent harvesting done for us in fall 2013. The previous owner must have had this location logged more than once.
Here are some pictures from yesterday afternoon’s work. There is also a short video of this work on our YouTube site.
For those who are unfamiliar with an ‘acre’, it is 43,560 square feet, or a little smaller than a football field. So, here we are gaining about 9 football fields in cropland!
I hope to share some ‘after’ pictures, in addition to these ‘during’ pictures. The ‘after’ shots will look even better!
As children and young adults, we spent many hours (or should I say ‘days’) following bulldozers and picking up sticks and chunks to help clear the fields. We’d load up our little two-wheeled trailer time and time again, and haul the woody debris to the brush pile for burning. Our dad, Lowell Carnahan, had a knack for selecting new farm locations that “need a little work”. These days, when clearing a woods, the fields are nearly ‘chunk-free’ when the machines complete their work. I have to say I don’t miss that hand work. We have cleared many acres of woods over the years. And, in recent years, we have also planted trees that protect land devoted to conservation or for wetland protection. Let’s hope our dedication to the proper management of our soil is helping enhance productivity and conservation… all at the same time.
The soil is a precious resource.