Murder in the Forest

English: An American Black Bear (Ursus america...

English: An American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) at the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitat. Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 in Avery County, NC, USA. Cropping and post-processing performed with The GIMP. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been peaceful and serene for seven years – the hill I live on – framed on two sides by a mini forest.  It as a haven for a variety of birds, squirrels, rabbits, a family of deer, an occasional red fox, and for at least two years, a black bear.  All were welcome except the bear –  but only because he destroyed all the bird feeders in the nearby back yards.

Recently, the peace  and tranquility was suddenly disturbed and replaced by he rattle and roar of a huge yellow bulldozer, belching ugly  black smoke as it ripped full-gown trees out of the ground.  Then came he shill whine and scream of he chain saws as hey trimmed branches off he trees and sliced he trunks into 8 or 20 foo lengths.   Even worse was the chomping of the tree tops and limbs in he chipping machine, and the clouds of dust rising from the growing mountain of mulch.   In other words, the whole scene is ugly!

Of greater concern to us now is the environmental disturbance that has occurred.  No longer will we have a natural windbreak of trees behind our homes.   Already the wind roars up the hill from the front of the houses so that nothing light-weight is safe in the front yard; now the back of the houses will also suffer.  Ever since moving here,  we battled the water flowing down from the property behind our homes, which is at a much higher elevation.  After finally getting it properly channeled into a narrow, controlled and landscaped drainage area, now we have a much wider expanse of the higher elevation to contend with since there is no vegetation to slow down the flow.

And what about the displaced wild life?  That small forest contained countless bird and squirrel nests which have now been toppled, chewed up and spit into a mountain of mulch.  The hatter of the squirrels and the singing of the birds has been replaced by the roar of machinery and the banging of hammers.

Why?  To build a house?  The piece of land is too small to contain anything more than a very small house.  There are plenty of houses for sale in the area and there is plenty of barren land for building.  Why squeeze a tiny house on a piece of property just because it is there?  Why destroy a natural habitat?  Why disturb the beauty and peace and tranquility of a neighborhood?  GREED is the only answer that comes to this blogger’s mind – greed and a lack of consideration for others.


The tiny forest has been replaced by the beginnings of a two-story house – it looms on the horizon like a giant square mushroom!  No amount of privacy fencing and landscaping will provide what we had with the forest.  The birds and squirrels have been silenced and the gentle swaying of the pine trees has been stilled.


My view from the hill has been forever distorted!  I am sad.




  1. Pat G/ said,

    July 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Looks like progress has roared it’s ugly head!
    I would rather have the vegetation than another house!!

  2. Jane Brewer said,

    July 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    We are so sorry about your View from the Hill! It’s a great story….but in reality, it’s so sad. Hope the new owners are nice. Talk to you soon. Love, Jane

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