tger greenhaddock: The local wood

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The local wood

The local council have decided to chop down our local wood and replant it with heather. It used to be like that many, many years ago, and this change is apparently happening for sound ecological reasons. Unfortunately nobody has yet to say what these reasons are. But is does seem that that if this wood is turned to heath land then the local council will be eligible for a cash sum from some governmental body.

Hmmm, maybe it’s my suspicious nature but I smell a rat here, and I would love to hear what the sound ecological reasons are for chopping down the wood. I really like trees (perhaps not to the extreme of hugging them), and it was one of the factors that led us to build our house here. The Juniorette is also very concerned about the wildlife that will be displaced, and has stated that she wants to speak to the Burgermeister about it. We have told her when his Sprechstunde is, so we now wait to see if she goes and sees him.

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Blogger Mike B said...

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April 26, 2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger Mike B said...

Do you by chance have a deer problem in your neck of the woods? This is one of the conservation strategies for conditions of overgrazing, but deforestation and habitat rehabilitation is somewhat more expensive than simply managing the grazing species and managing the woodland. I would be surprised if some Euro agency didn't have money on the table for this.

April 26, 2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Interesting . . . they have been cutting down a lot of trees here lately - all over the county actually. I think that they are doing it to prevent forest fires or trees with diseases or something like that.

April 26, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Mark Base said...

Make sure to ask for chips with your Burgermeister.

April 26, 2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

One of the things I've always loved about Germany were the forests. However, I know the problems that deer can cause, and deer with no food is even worse. I do wonder what's at the root of the recent decision. Keep us posted.
And BTW, Go Juniorette!!! (She makes me think of my daughter at that age.)

April 26, 2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I think it's absolutely wonderful that she is not only so concerned, but active in her thoughts. I don't know if I would have ever thought of speaking to the Bürgermeister.

April 26, 2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Mike - I am not aware of any deer problems in our area, and I haven't really noticed any deer damaged trees. But saying that we do see deer nearly everytime we go out for a walk. So they are a lot of them in the area.

Claire - Funnily enough the same thought occurred to me, that recently lots of trees are being cut down everywhere. We noticed this on our trip down to Baden Baden. I know more people are using wood burners for hetaing. I wonder if this has anything to do with it?

Mark Base - :) I wish he was a cheese bürgermeister!

Maribeth - I'm hoping that the root decision to cut down the trees doesn't involve money.

Canadianswiss - She seems quite determined. So we'll have to see whether she actually goes through with it :)

April 27, 2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

That does smell a bit foul. Go Juniorette!

April 28, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Karen - We have since found out that the Bürgermeisters sprechstunde clashes with a birthday party that the Juniorette has been invited to. So she is going to send him an email instead :)

April 28, 2006 3:06 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

It's probably what my father inlaw does, cut one area then replant. It gets so congested that stuff begins to die out. I must say he has some patches which he thins out to help the stronger trees. I have no green thumb so I can't give facts.

May 01, 2006 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Benjamin Solah said...

It does sound fishy. I love trees too, specifically big fig trees.

Is Juniorette your daughter? I love it when little kids get concerned about things all on their own. My little sister sent a letter to the premier of our state when he said he was considering using Nuclear power. She had just studied Chernobyl and was horrified.

May 01, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Naked Nerd - I hope that is what they are doing. Just thinning out the wood, but we heard that they want to chop it all down and turn it in to heath land.

Ben - The Juniorette is indeed my daughter. I too think its great when kids take an active interest on what is going on around them. Thats great that your sister sent a letter to the state premier. Nuclear power is a very dangerous thing, and unfortunately accidents will always happen.

May 02, 2006 11:26 AM  

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