Friday, September 24, 2010

I have to take back all evil thoughts I had about the landowner when the trees were cut down these last days. He was actually forced to do so by the Environmental protection agency because they are going to enlarge the natural reserve and has gotten the idea that only "natural" trees is going to be allowed to grow there. Sounds a bit crazy to be honest, but I think I know what they mean.

It´s always the same branch that gets autumn colors on this tree :-)

If we´re going back in time, 300-400 years, pines and spruces were very rare in southern Sweden. Mostly it was deciduous trees like oaks, beeches, birches, apples,cherries and rowans that grew here. But they needed mostly the oaks for ships and the others were cut down when they realized the use we could have of spruces and pines.

So they won´t do any replanting there now so that these "natural" trees gets the chance to come back. The rest of the natural reserve is filled with spruces and pines and I wonder if they´ll start to cut down them too? But I think that they will be allowed to stay since they already grows in a protected area and some rare birds needs them if they are going to stay here, like the grouse. So if You keep on reading my blog for at least thirty more years You might get the chance to see how it looked here many, many years ago :-) :-) :-)

This island is around 200 x 100 meters big (almost the same in yards). All spruces and pines are gone and only a few birches were allowed to stay.

This ant-stack is severely damaged now. We can only see a small part of the stack to be honest, most of it is placed below the ground. The whole society of ants might die after this, forest machines weigh a lot.

I love when they make natural reserves bigger, but it is usually a big loss for the land owner. Like all parts of the State they don´t like ton spend money and we have been able to read horrifying stories how they can act towards land owners. Normally they don´t even offer to pay close to what the land is worth and if the land owner dares to complain they start to threat that they´ll just take over the specific part they want and pay even less. Sometimes they can offer to swap a pice of land that they already own, but normally it´s a pice of land less worth that what they want from the land owner.

It can however help the land owner if they can get a newspaper interested in the story :-) Those times they claim that it´s only a big misunderstanding and gives the land owner what they would get if they had sold the land themselves :-) :-) How it is in this case though I have no idea. I guess this is the case in most countries, democratic or not.

This and the coming photos are taken in my neighbors part of the forest.

Now it´s time for a cup of tea and later it´s SciFi night on channel six :-)
Have a great day now!

Zoey & Me! It was different to put photos in the blog today! But I have had it like this before. Just click on add photos like normal. The square You´ll get has some text on the upper left side like
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Click on transfer and then You can add photos from Your own computer! If You want to change the size on the photo just right click on the mouse!


caryn said...

Hi Christer,
Interesting news about the forest and the reserve. Now I guess we have to be annoyed at big government for taking our private property without proper remuneration. :-)
The other landowners near the reserve might see if they can make a deal with the government since they could be next. Maybe they could give the government the land with the proviso that the owner will maintain it, pay no taxes on it and can harvest for their lifetime. There are small farmers around me who have done something like this with the local government so that green space can be saved.
Enjoy SciFi night! I'm going to knit.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Caryn!
It is rather interesting but I still don´t like it very much :-) :-)

It´s always a loosing battle against these things for landowners I´m afraid. But I think that something like that they sometimes are allowed to own the land and cut down some trees now and again happens. But what I know they are very poorly paid for it.

I always enjoy SciFi night :-)

Have a great day now!

Anonymous said...

I too hate it when they cut down trees. It happens here too often because of tropical winds which could send almost dead trees or limbs through storefront windows. So they take the entire tree down and sometimes the woodland. I don't know who makes these decisions. Nice photos today Christer. I wish I could get my photos up. Had a brief use of the old program but thanks for your advice. I'll go back now and see what you mean. Thanks so much!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
Normally they only cut of the part that has been damaged after storms here, I don´t think they dare to take more, we do love our trees :-)

I hope that what I wrote can help You with Your photos!
Have a great day now!

ana_didi said...

Hi Christer!
Whatever the reason I'm sad to see trees cut ...
We live in a world ever more complicated, is not it?
What makes me happy is to see fall colors, sunflower, and that piece of pink tongue that black guy :) That makes me really happy:) ahh yes and mushrooms that every day you discover new ones!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Learned a lot from yo be cut down, but your post, Christer, about why the trees need to be cut, not that it makes it easier to accept. Many parts of the US taken privately owned property, including homes, and they call "eminent domain" Sadly, the land is then used for roadways or other housing. Sometimes, the individual rights of people get lost for the "public" good. Doesn't seem right in the least.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Didi!
Yes it gets more complicated every day :-)

But You are right! autumn colors, mushrooms, sunflowers and big black dogs pink tongue makes me happy too :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Beatrice!
I just can´t understand why they have to bring down all trees at once. I wonder why they suddenly wants "the original" trees to grow there. If they want it to look like it once did, will they then dig out the hole bog area and make it a lake once again? Don´t think so :-) :-) :-)

Yes that "eminent domain" thing. The better good for many goes before the better good for the individual person. As long as they get properly payed I can understand it most times, but sometimes they just behave nasty. Much the same all over the world I guess.

Have a great day now!