It's been a fun winter, repainting (still working on it), setting up an recording studio in a closet and now having the land cleared.
We bought the 50 acres last July, and while the front 10 or so is reasonably good land with over 20 apple trees, it's very rocky. The back 40 is a marsh/swamp, bodies of trees creating the "land" where new trees grow. It dries out fairly well in the summer, but the spring creates thousands of tiny pools of water. The little cedars there are ancient, but incredibly small, and shot through with tamarack and the occasion birch or poplar tree.
We hung up game cameras and tried to observe wildlife transit patterns. Truth was, nothing much went into the deep woods. No deer tracks. One coyote all year, even though we left a gut pile from butchering our rabbits.
I was able to find a firm that agreed to cut us out four 10 acre fields with transit corridors between each field running east/west. We'll be sowing clover, and later, species that do well with damp feet and rocks like dogwood varieties, pussy willow and the like. The cedar will be chipped, the other trees used to fuel a local electricity plant. We don't "make" anything with the deal, but we gain a canvas that we can work with to increase the wildlife utilization on our property.
The machinery is quiet impressive--it's fun to watch an entire tree seem to uproot and "walk" itself across the horizon before laying itself down in a sorted pile.
Here are some pictures! You have to imagine solid forest before these were taken. Next, they will pick up the piles you see and begin the processing stage. Fascinating. Most of the tree is used, which I like to see--very little waste. And the other thing I like to see? The sky! Such stars at night, beautiful clouds and sunsets.