I've never actually seen a pine tree plantation before! Why is it here? Who planted it? Who does it belong to now? Are they planning to harvest it? This is just crazy! This is DEFINITELY a Red Pine plantation. There are four perfectly straight rows of pine trees that go on for as far as the eye can see. Even if I didn't notice something strange about these trees on my own, (which I did), I would have picked up on the concept after reading a brochure by the Sudbury Valley Watershed Association (which is somehow related to the MWRA). According to the article, "The current Sudbury forest originates primarily from plantation establishments from 1907 to 1947". Why would the entire Sudbury River Watershed be covered with Pine Tree Plantations in the first place? The area in question is not small. There had to have been many owners deciding to invest 50 or 60 years before they made a profit from their land. Does that make sense? And why specifically mention the year 1907? What happened in 1907 to make pine plantations so popular? Actually, I don't think these trees are from 1907. I don't think they are over 100 years old. These appear to be about 50 years old to me, or even less. I'm no expert in calculating the age of a tree, though. I'm totally guessing. I know there is not usually a direct correlation between size and age in natural forests, but plantations are a little different. But a little research should uncover the answer.
Red Pine plantations are designed to be cash crops, anyway. The government doesn't plant cash crops, do they? These pines are on government land, although which agency (MWRA, DCR, Town of Framingham, etc.) actually owns the land, I have no clue) I wonder if anyone in the government knows (or cares) that Bittersweet is overtaking the pines and everything else that grows around here? In a few decades there won't be a pine standing, anyway. There won't be any other trees, either. There will only be massive tangled vines of bittersweet. I guess no one will profit from this plantation, after all. But the good news is that NOW I KNOW WHY THE EAGLE FLIES ALONG THIS AQUEDUCT!!! It's a straight shot from the Foss Reservoir to Lake Cochituate! With a convenient stop at the Sudbury River in Saxonville! It's a perfect route; visible prey, out of human sight if you stay below the tree line, and a built-in wind tunnel thanks to the parallel trees! I'm going to look for the eagle's nest at the Foss Reservoir, near Bose. I'll bet it's near there somewhere!