Deep ruts; ground cover obliterated; mycorrhizal network decays.
Forwarder piling logs
One spruce left standing, for now anyway
This huge machine can grab a tree and cut it with its chain saw in seconds, apparently with little care for the ground vegetation and mycorrhizal networks around it
Will forest regrow here? Is it Deforestation? If it regrows, will the regrowth be slower and capture less carbon than over the previous rotation?
At one time, and when we had far less scientific understand of forests, most logging was conducted when the ground is frozen; not today. Why? How can we call this “sustainable”?
Collateral damage on the Woods Road.
‘ Have to wonder, was this road built under the ForestNS/L&F program?
Big logs are 3.5 hand spans across – 40+ cm. Will this forest see another 80 or so years before it is harvested so the big trees are replaces, or be harvested on a shorter rotation with 10-12″ logs the max?
And on into the interior…
The sad part: one can see a lot of this on the Nova Scotia landscape, and a lot worse, even on Crown lands.
“The hand falling, horse logging, and river drives left the forests capable of vibrant, renewed life. Clearly much had changed from what I knew [as a child growing up] to what my industry and I were doing now.” – Suzanne Simmard in Finding the Mother Tree