That line of trees that you see in the distance provides the only shade that we have in our meadow. The trees are along the southern edge of the meadow, and are, in the summer, where the cows gather from the time they deem it too hot to be outside, until we bring them back into the barn. They've been there for as long as we can remember.
Here is the problem...
There is a major power line that runs right through the middle of the farm that is owned by PPL, the utility company. This winter, as part of their line maintenance, they are removing any trees that are growing within the 75' right-of-way of the power lines.
These trees are mostly maples or oaks, and are 69' from the lines...so all but one of them needs to come down...
This morning they began cutting...and chopping debris...and sawing large branches into smaller manageable pieces. Although we understand why they have to come down, we sure wish it didn't have to happen! The cows won't be able to spend nearly as much time outside this summer. :(
Thankfully, they will remove anything we don't want to keep, and they've also told us that they will replant several trees of our choice, anywhere we would like outside of the right-of-way.
It's going to look a lot different...the fort Grandpa built for the kids will look a bit odd sitting along the fence line alone.
Here's hoping that the new trees do get planted, and that they grow quickly!