Lobelville, Tennessee

“The trees are so small here because we’ve taken out all of the big ones. Instead of cutting down the trees when they are three railroad ties thick like they used to, we’re now cutting them at four inches, hauling them off to mills, chopping them into chips, adding a little sap and making chipboard.  There have been so many clear-cuts around our property that when the rains come, the water just flows on down.  There’s nothing soaking it up or holding the ground in place.  Luckily, we’ve got a guy next to us with 800 acres. He’s never going to cut. Hunters pay lots of money to come and hunt there. The hunters around here- they get it.  They’ll not cut down the forests- ‘cause it will mean no huntin.  The big white oaks… they produce the acorns… which feeds the deer… which in turn lets hunters kill the deer. Then you’ve got the idiots bringing in these damn invasives.  You’ve heard of the zebra mussel?  We used to catch river mussels and sell them, but some stupid idiot brought in this quarter size zebra mussel and ran them all out. And then someone else brought in the alligator to get rid of the beaver.  And the cowbird! These blockheads really don’t think these things through.”

“The trees are so small here because we’ve taken out all of the big ones. Instead of cutting down the trees when they are three railroad ties thick like they used to, we’re now cutting them at four inches, hauling them off to mills, chopping them into chips, adding a little sap and making chipboard. There have been so many clear-cuts around our property that when the rains come, the water just flows on down. There’s nothing soaking it up or holding the ground in place. Luckily, we’ve got a guy next to us with 800 acres. He’s never going to cut. Hunters pay lots of money to come and hunt there. The hunters around here- they get it. They’ll not cut down the forests- ‘cause it will mean no huntin. The big white oaks… they produce the acorns… which feeds the deer… which lets hunters kill the deer. Then you’ve got the idiots bringing in these damn invasives. You’ve heard of the zebra mussel? We used to catch river mussels and sell them, but some stupid idiot brought in this quarter size zebra mussel and ran them all out. And then someone else brought in the alligator to get rid of the beaver. And the cowbird! These blockheads really don’t think these things through.”

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