26 april 2017

The forest that failed

Last Sunday when we were near the villages of Westerbork/Hooghalen we passed this square area where -apparently- all trees had been cut, and thought nothing special about it until we saw the sign saying 'Mislukt bos' or 'The Forest that failed'. Staatsbosbeheer (a Dutch government organisation for forestry and the management of nature reserves) explains and tells about the planting of the lodgepole pine (Pinus Contorta) 50 years ago on this spot.

Common to the US and Canada, the pines unfortunately didn't do well here in the Netherlands. When some ditches in the area were closed in order to save a nearby vulnerable wet heather field, the forest became wetter. The trees were cut down then and now all is left to nature to 'spontaneously' create an area with whatever else will grow.

I'm linking to signs, signs.


14 opmerkingen:

  1. Het lijkt Almere wel, hier hebben ze een kapmanie omdat er een A6 uitbreiding moet komen en een Floriade! Dan haal je al het groen weg om er iets groens te maken grrrr.

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  2. Back to the drawing board. That must be a big disappointment for a lot people.

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  3. A disappointing sight - due to Dutch Elm disease here, large areas of woods have been cleared in the last few years.

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  4. Well, that's too bad. I can't imagine pine trees not growing there as they seem to grow everywhere here. Hopefully, you will get some interesting natural growth in that area.

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  5. Hopefully left to its own devices that ground will sprout up some trees that ought be do well.

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  6. At least they gave it a try. It will be interesting to see what happens here maybe something will spring up and grow.

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  7. Dank je wel. Dit vind ik echt interessant.

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  8. It is a little sad, but nature will probably do a good job of taking over.

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  9. If the conditions aren't right trees just will not grow, bit sad Marleen but will be interesting to see what eventually will be a success.. watching this space ☺

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  10. daar toon je ons wat Marleen...

    maar hier gaat het er niet beter aan toe

    groeten

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