May 10 2010

Clearcuts

Published by at 2:40 am under Expeditions and Experiences

Clearcuts are not always bad for the forest as some environmentalists wants you to think. They create variety of habitat if done in moderation and is based on natural regeneration rather than planting a monoculture after logging.

Anyway, for us outdoors folks clearcuts can be pretty useful before the monoculture takes over. There is an abundance of easy buiIding materials and firewood. After some years they become great patches of cowberries, blueberries and raspberries.

In addition a lot of wildlife is gained by it: Moose and other animals thrive on the aspen and birch that pops up. Foxes often follow edges to find prey. If near water beavers will re-log it once the decidous trees have grown.

A camp in a clearcut is a camp with a view!

Regards
Torjus

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