Processing Pasture


How many hours of machine time your clearing job will take depends on a lot of variables including the size of the timber, the slope of the terrain, and the rockiness of the ground, but you should probably count on it taking approximately twice as long as you expect. Using machinery, you can go from dense forest to pasture or garden soil, in about two years time. If you’re clearing the land for pasture, after tree-shearing you can now keep it cleared either with a bush-hog or maybe even goats, but if you’re looking for soil to garden or farm, tree-shearing just isn’t the solution you need because of the roots left behind.

Turning forest into pasture is a lot more complicated than may be evident. Clearing tree cover is just the beginning; then there’s the roots themselves, seeding coverage. Essentially, you’re escalating a process that nature takes years to do – starting with fire.

Oregon State University

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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