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 The forest today

Local timber cutting and exploitation of wood as a resource was perpetuated through the mid 1900's. Towards the end of the XIX century the economy of the Brenta Canal had declined considerably, Gradually timber resources diminished in size and quality, other parts of the Asiago plateau became accessible and the value of 'stumpage' made it less viable .

Following the economic decline of timber indusry the nature of the forest changed. The treeline encroached on lower pasture and progressively extended toward the Brenta Canal. Land once dedicated to grazing and open fields for cultivation of hay or tabacco. Eventually the forest decended and became part of the village perimiter. Today wood is collected for domestic heating. Families continue to request their rights to utilize the Municipality's wood; private owners ocassionally cut their own wood but the access is difficult due to lack of roads and steep slopes.

“The forests were lean; they were way up in the mountains,there were few who had parcels where big trunks grew, now there's bigger trees because nobody cuts anymore. At one time we cut in order to survive, to have heat and cook. The Comune gave permits to be cut for burning.. They had the wood cut and we would have to go up to get it out of the woods. We would go up with drills to make holes in the trunks, cords to tie them together in bundles and pull them down the chutes. Every family could go and get a few hundred kilos. In our bundles there were small trunks, not the big fat ones. When you were in the forest you would have to make two or three trips to drag 30 or 40 kilo logs!"

Egidio F. Valstagna 1999


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