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These pictures are from a clear cut along route 3 in Whitefield, New Hampshire two years after the cut.

Right and below left: Maple trees growing up around a stump.

There are a lot of rocks and boulders on this land.

Some of the berries the moose are eating.

This is hard to see, but it's a deer track. The area is loaded with signs of deer. You won't see the deer in the daytime. They come in and feed at night on the grass and saplings growing since the cut. In 3 to 5 years when the trees are grown up enough to provide visual cover, the deer will stay through the day.

Some of the grasses providing diversity of food available for moose and deer. There wasn't much here for them to eat before the clear cut.

A moose track. If you have an untrained eye, you'd never notice the many signs of animals here.

Plants are even growing in cracks in the rocks.

The area is now loaded with blueberries. The birds in the area now have something to eat, and so do some of the predators.

More flowers. The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds finally have something to eat too! There were few flowers here before the clear cut.

These saplings will provide food for the deer and the moose when they really need it this winter.

Even leaf eating insects are enjoying the new diversity of food.

Raspberries are growing in sections throughout the area providing the bears with early summer food. They flower early, giving the bees and hummingbirds food when they need it most. Before the clear cut the area was destitute of berries.

Some of the many species of ferns now growing.

Much of the area is now packed with thick undergrowth. Perfect cover for rabbits, squirrels, partridge, and a plethora of other animals and birds.

You can see by these pictures that the area is now lush with a huge number of diverse plant species. Many of these in turn provide food for a large and diverse animal, bird and insect population. Before the clear cut, there were around 20 species of trees and a small sampling and small quantity of other plant forms. This led to an equally small selection of animals, birds and insects.

More berries the moose, bears and birds love.

Many of the trees are over six feet tall, some over 15 feet tall. These were trees that were growing before the clear cut. They would have grown a few feet more, then died and rotted from the lack of light. Now they get a chance to flourish, providing a speedy return of the forest.

Even the spiders are having a feast. Here's a web waiting to catch the morning insects.

When you look close up at the results of a clear cut, it's really beautiful, isn't it?

The spiders are even waiting in the blueberry plants for breakfast.

Some of the fir trees quickly growing. They will be mature in another 30 years or so.

A closeup of the above web.

Wetlands were both created and opened up to light by the clear cut. As the skid roads were put in, dams were formed by them which increased the amount of wetlands considerably. This further enhanced the diversity of plants and animals.

The poor logger who was cutting here on his own land was fined over $15,000 by the "wetland police" for putting in a few culverts without the proper paperwork to keep the bureaucrats happy. In reality his actions increased the wetlands considerably in the area. We are bombarded by messages to "celebrate diversity". Well, loggers are part of diversity! Celebrate them, they probably do more to create diversity in the forest in a year than you will in a lifetime.

Some of the lush growth of raspberries.

More flowers.

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What happens when you don't log an area?

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