Black and White Challenge:
Love this theme….
In slightly warmer, drier parts of Victoria ‘gum’ trees
are dotted around paddocks to provide shade.
I remember planting plantations, with Dad
as our farm did not have any trees on it.
Neither did neighbouring farms.
I think it may have something to do with clearing land
in the 1920s or that in 1939 fires ravaged our area.
About twenty years ago the ‘blue gum’ companies came into our area.
Thousands of acres of Eucalyptus Globulus have been planted.
I was phoned just after Dad passed away and
eventually we decided to plant trees.
Harvesting concluded last year and left
a good deal more mess than promised.
However, the land has been re-leased and will be
cleaned and replanted with new trees.
Apparently wood pulp is used, in part, to make clothing.
Trees in the background were to be harvested late last year,
but are still standing and maybe harvested this year.
Although this is a scene near Geelong
it is also typical of many farms in Western Victoria.
My post is a bit early , but I am heading off on a day trip
with my son today…won’t be home till late this afternoon.
Cameras are packed. 🙂
About twenty years ago a new industry popped up in southern Australia. Rather than farming livestock many farmers nearing retirement sold, or leased, their land to companies which planted trees.
Varieties planted are quick-growing and are harvested between ten and twelve years after planting.
These are twelve-year-old Eucalyptus globulus, commonly known as ‘Blue Gums.’ There were
80,000 trees planted in this 80 hectare plantation.
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Harvest, shipping and shipping is scheduled for the end of 2013. It is a shame really as although there is very little road traffic around here, three or four hundred metres along this track and you are in a different world. Any road noise is eliminated by the trees and all one can hear is the rustle of the leaves.
Native wildlife, mainly kangaroos, birds and reptiles, have found their way into this man-made forest and will soon be homeless.