Neatly Mowed Forest
A well kept and neatly mowed forest is a sign that there may be dinosaurs nearby…
View Across North End Marsh
What first alerted me to their presence was the sound of their eating and lumbering about the mountains. Looking out across north field marsh and beaver ponds I spotted them! A pair of giant yellow brontosauruses!
Gobbling Down Trees
At least that is what we call the power line mowers. They come through every few years and mow down the trees. Some of what they had mowed down in the first photo above were thirty foot or taller trees. With those long necks and a bush hog head they chew trees right down to the base. The beavers just don’t compete in this category of wood chipping. Not even the giant beavers we’ve spotted who cut their trees off about 4′ up.
Herbivore on the Mountain
The reason they mow the power lines is that I asked them not to use herbicides. Back when we bought the farm in the 1980’s the electric company approached me about spraying under the power lines to control the brush. They went on and on about how safe the chemicals were. I asked if they were willing to drink it. After a bit of eye shifting between the two electric company representatives they admitted no, they weren’t. I said then don’t spray it on our land. I have to drink the water here, as does everyone else down hill of us. Our land is the top of the water shed leading to the Connecticut river. I’m not about to let the utility company pollute our drinking water and land just so they can save a little money. They get to use the land for their power lines (we get taxed as if it were fully developable which it obviously isn’t and we get no payments from them) but that is not public land and not utility land. All they have is a right of way. As long as I control it they won’t spray it. I don’t want to drink their herbicides.
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