Visibility of Old Clear Cut
is a photo of Jones Mountain viewed from the WWC campus in mid-April
2010. if one looks carefully at the general shapes of the trees,
one can see that the trees appear smaller and closer together in a
rectangular region on the facing side of the mountain.
The area indicates a region that was clear-cut in the
In the approximately 35 years since the clear cutting, it is difficult
to see the clear-cut area. The area is almost completely
regrown. However, proper lighting and the spring budding season
enhance the visibility of the re-growth area. The photo below at
right shows the former clear-cut
area outlined for reference.
Also notice in these photos that there are white areas behind the
foreground tulip poplar and sycamore trees. These white areas are
dogwood blooms in the pasture below Jones Mountain - not snow.
I remember when this clear cut was made. It looked terrible from
campus - but the campus culture at the time aroused little
controversy. I also remember hiking the area - the views were
phenomenal with no trees to block the view! If anybody has photos
of the scene when this area was clear cut, I would certainly appreciate
Another interesting facet of this area: I cannot distinguish the trees
of the area when hiking the
trails on Jones Mountain. The picture below shows this photo
alternating with the winter photo (PPOW
26, 2010). The winter photo shows the Davidson Trail
passing through the middle of the outlined area. The photos were
lined up using two reference points. Community members are
invited to hike the Jones Mountain trails to see if they can see the
regrowth area from close-up.
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