Monday, November 02, 2009

Changes in the Forest

Today I hiked out on Bricker Trail in the Michaux Forest near campus with a class learning how to use GPS.

The Penn National development is continuing its expansion along the forest boundary, although it is slower now because of the economic downturn. There are many vacant lots ready along the roads. The new homeowners are getting a fabulous view of the hills behind them and great access to hiking trails in the forest.

However, it will change the character of the forest. No one wants to see a timber harvesting operation behind their home. And hunters will be forced back from the forest boundary as the homes are built. I guess that's progress?

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