A few years ago I thinned about five acres of the forest at the back end of my property. All the other property around my property had been clear cut leaving my trees without any protection from the wind. I was losing several big trees with each wind storm, so I decided it was time to harvest and put the wood to a better use other than rotting or firewood. We make a tidy sum of money from the operation.
After logging I replanted close to two thousand trees; cedar, spruce, hemlock, fir and alder. I lost a lot of hemlock seedlings the first year and I was concerned that I would need to replant, but somehow nature filled the gaps.
While poking around picking black berries recently, I came across my seedlings that are all now around four feet tall. Some trees are already over six feet tall. I hope and suspect I will live long enough to see that acreage as a shaded forest again.
That is one thing about planting trees. It is usually an investment for the next generation. I can only hope that the next owners of this tract find the land here like I found it and care for it like I have. Though I do realize that the next owner could be greedy and develop it into spec houses. Future rat bastards!