by Sydney Michalski

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Psalm 145:4, KJV

Clearing is part of homesteading. Harvesting wood is part of woodworking. Being a good steward of a forest means making decisions about clearing and harvesting that accomplish today’s purposes in the best way, while also keeping and eye towards future generations!

This little Eastern White Pine seedling is an adorable reminder of the privilege that we enjoy, preparing for future generations as we do today’s work. As we work through the forest, clearing for paths, harvesting for use, Joe always has an eye to a few things:

As we sustainably harvest and clear the forest, we make room for seedlings like this Eastern White Pine!

Clearing dead and diseased.

Dead and diseased wood is removed first, and can be removed any time. In general, it makes everything healthier, although we also make sure that brushy areas and rotten logs remain to give shelter to God’s many forest-dwellers!

Clearing what is less-healthy to make room for what is more-healthy.

When choosing trees to harvest, those that are damaged or simply not growing as well are harvested first, while the healthiest trees are left to continue their growth.

Clearing to make room.

Where we see trees that are more valuable for future use, like this little pine, or maples, or birches, or oaks, we can clear around to give them room…Not because they will grow up for us to use and enjoy, but because they may grow up for our children to use and enjoy, or for our children’s children to use and enjoy!

This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

Psalm 102:18, KJV

And that is one of the great joys of working for the Lord, and working by hand…Not only to do His work, today, but also to feel that moment of being a part of what He has unfolding for His future generations!

As we sustainably harvest and clear the forest, we make room for seedlings like this Eastern White Pine!

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalm 78:4, KJV

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