In 1980, we bought a woodlot, sight unseen. We were living in Yellowknife at the time and I asked my father to check it out for us. This photo was taken in 1953 probably not long after someone gave up trying to farm it. You can see some treed areas but a lot of open space.
During all the following years of road building, stone moving, and harvesting wood, it didn't look like the property was really changing all that much. Other than observing the progress of the pine seedlings we planted with our children in the '80's, we didn't really see much growth.
However, when I checked out a satellite image of the property recently, it was astonishing to see the change. Although much of the area is made up of young trees, the canopy is closing in and we now have a forest. In spite of our activities, Mother Nature has continued working and we have deer, turkey and grouse at the same time as we've harvested countless cords of firewood and thousands of board feet of lumber. You can have a working woodlot and still maintain biodiversity, create wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, purify air and water and beautify the province.