Thursday, February 3, 2011
After an aborted climb up the mountain (thick mist, wind, cold, turn back) above Constantia Neck, we walked down the jeep track through the recently felled plantations.
Initially I had been sad to think of the big trees being chopped down, but after thinking about it for two minutes I realized that the fynbos returning is a far better thing. It cannot grow under the pines and eucalyptus that were planted here, and the water the exotic trees sucked up belongs better to the plants that make this part of the country, and world, unique. Already on the felled slopes lobelia, pelargoniums, gnidia and struthiola were growing and blooming...
2/12/11 - for an educated view of the complication of felled forest + fynbos, read Marijke's post at her Biodiversity Blog and more specifically her comment to my question, there.