What the ?

It is an incredibly sad day at Mossberry Cottage. Yesterday morning I awoke to an odd and unpleasant sound...  Now most of you know I live in the woods of New Hampshire and I love being here this close to nature... that is until yesterday. 

It has all changed now... I don't even have words to describe it all...  Of course I've seen it up close before, and driven past it many, many times and just shook my head in the awareness of the sadness but I never ever dreamed it would happen right outside my front door...
logging! 

The property across the road from my house consisted of just woods.  My road ends at my house because the old road was allowed to grow over more than 50 years ago so it was all forest. There are only 3 houses on the road, and one was just sold a few months back so it is currently empty while undergoing renovation.  Sometime this early summer the owner of the property across from my house apparently decided it was time to sell. Someone from two towns over purchased the land and is first, logging it, and we are not talking about the environmentally friendly selective logging but rather pure out and out flattening everything.  Next will come the second phase - that of building houses...

To make matters worse this person chose right at my driveway to make the entrance for the heavy logging equipment road - my road is 1/2 mile and there is a break in the side of the road away from all of the current houses where the power company periodically comes in to clear growth from the power lines ... thank you very much for the consideration.

I am utterly devastated!  My tiny little piece of Nirvana is completely gone in just two days and this is just the beginning of their work... they will be here for two weeks... your imaginations can take you the rest of the way into that picture. As well as building, the town has decided to open back up the road ... do you have any idea of the environmental devastation... my owls, bobcat, coyotes, foxes, ravens, all the songbirds that have already left for the winter and will return next spring to ... I can't stop the tears...
My driveway from my front door one week ago...


Today...


and a close-up directly across from my front door. this is where the road ends
and coming forward is my driveway


*Sigh*


Comments

jengd said…
So sorry! It really just stinks when someone who gets property doesn't appreciate what's there and doesn't care that others might.
Oh sweet friend...I have no words for this. I wish I was near...I would give you a big hug and then go raise hell! How is it legal that they can even be on your property?!?!!? I am sad as well for your sweet piece of heaven and for all of the animals that called it home. My mind is racing for solutions for you as I am writing this....Is there any way you can create a berm on either side of your drive way and plant some pines or spruce trees to block what is happening??? Staying positive I wonder if there is a way to infuse some more trees on your side..I know it can be costly but I hate that this is happening to you....talk soon...hang in there and please give us some updates as to what is going on...Nic xoxox
Renee said…
My heart hurts for you Elizabeth & all the poor critters who have lost their home. I can't imagine how sad you must be to have this happen right outside your front door....it's bad enough to see logging done anywhere but this is awful for you! Hope you can feel the giant hugs I am sending your way!
HUGS, Renee
Lou Anne Hazel said…
That is truly sad news. I feel for you and for the trees.
Chrissie said…
My heart goes out to you. Truly. Can you find out more details for what the new houses will look like? Maybe talk to a local politician about ensuring there is a replanting after the building work - "environment" is such a buzzword, surely no town council or representative will shy away from addressing your concerns...after all, the press and social media are the next steps...I know you won't have your same beautiful utopia, but don't give up on it all! Fight for your wildlife friends! Chrissie x
Kristina said…
Oh dear, so sad. I do believe viewing trees like the first photo is very relaxing. We have a wooded area behind us by the creek. We only remove dead trees.
Oh Beth, I am so sorry for those mean old machines cutting down all the beautiful woods around you! No wonder you are so upset! It's just terrible! Did they even have the courtesy to come and tell you before they moved it all down? What a shame. I know right now it looks just awful, but hopefully they will have a beautiful plan and the outcome will be wonderful. Think positive my friend.
Hope....you have a nice weekend!
Shari
Indigo said…
I'm so sorry! This is really horrific!
I can understand your tears... :(
Acorn to Oak said…
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I can understand your sadness. Although I haven't lost forest around my home I did lose the country-ness, peace, quiet, and clean air of our country home 10 years ago when they built a high school less than a quarter mile down the road. That's not the worst part. They didn't pave our road and it became like a dirt freeway. We lived in a dust cloud at least twice a day. I fought for years with the county and Air Quality Management Board with no success. We finally gave up and moved. It was unpleasant and we worried about our health. I'm happy for you that you still have space and some trees. And, that it's only houses. I hope the construction and end results will be a lot less painful than they seem. Good luck!
This really is terrible Beth, but something happening everywhere! It's all about money and it breaks my heart too to see natural wildlife habitat destroyed without any conscience.
Our government doesn't care about protecting the wildlife any more as forests up north are being cleared for big oil and tar sand operations. Groups have signed petitions to no avail.
I'm so sorry this is right on your doorstep.
Hugs,
Judith
Nancy said…
As a kindred spirit who loves trees and nature and can't imagine living any other way, my heart goes out to you. It is just sickening. I am so, so sorry.
Storybook Woods said…
Oh my gosh how utterly devastating. I am so sorry. I would just be sick if I was you! Clarice
You all are so sweet and I appreciate your empathy. At least I know I'm not crazy in caring about the forest and the wildlife! I'm trying to think positive and figure out what I could plant to block out all the ugliness.
Hugs to you all,
Beth
Michelle said…
I would be in angry, devastated tears as well. I don't know what else to say that's fit to print....
Tessa said…
Oh my Dear Woman, I am devastated to read this... So sad... So sad... So sad...

I just came over, from Clarice's "Storybook Woods"... In hopes of finding another dear blog. Yes, I found it. But the owner is so upset. And I agree with you, so much.

We have a bit of woods, across the road from our house. It belongs to the adjacent college campus, and has always been left wild. The home owners around here, sort of *police* this issue, and raise a-hue-and-cry, when the college seems to be wanting to make-changes to this lovely spot. So far, mostly so good.

Again, wishing I could wrap you in gentle hugs, my Dear......

Tessa~
Silke said…
Oh, how sad! I always marvel that there are people who are in no way connected to nature! Unless a tree is sick, I could never just cut it down. They take so long to grow and serve us in so many ways - to just fell them for profit - I can't understand it. I feel for you!! Love, Silke
Donna said…
Wow. I know you have to be devastated. Did your county not have a public review for the change of use?
Nancy said…
This is my fear about our property... that some fool will decide to buy then develop the land adjacent to ours. I feel for you Elizabeth -- wish there was some remedy for this unwelcome change to your world. xo
Carolyn ♥ said…
Oh Beth... I am so very sorry to hear this. My heart aches for the little creatures who have lost their homes... and for you who found such joy in those beautiful woods. Progress is not always progress. Simply wrong that you had no prior notice. I do have a tree in mind that I simply adore that grows very quickly.It will provide a a beautiful buffer for you. Leyland Cypress grows two feet a year and the wild life goes crazy over it. Hummingbirds find sweet refuge in ours and keep us entertained all throughout the summer. Normally I don't leave links in my comments, but you will want to know more about this tree.
Far away hugs sweet friend. http://www.thisgrandmothersgarden.com/2011/02/where-hummingbirds-gather.html
Oh Beth! I am truly devastated for you :( I can't begin to imagine your desolation. Sending hugs from far away North Wales x
Sarah Carletti said…
How horrible. This is devastating and I could just cry with you! And to think I was angry that my neighbor made me cut two trees down. I so feel for you! Hugs.
Oh dear ... Beth! This is devastating! It saddens me a great deal to see those trees disappear, I hate to see even one tree being cut down. But to clear cut a small corner of heaven for the sake of "country homes" ... well, they cleared away the "country" didn't they. I'm so sorry you have to live beside this and witness the unnecessary destruction. Was there no warning that houses were going to be built there? Here if you want to change the property by building anything new, an application must be brought to the town to allow locals to voice their opinion. This is just awful for you and the wildlife that must relocate ... and just when they were getting settled for winter. Too, too sad! :( Wendy xox