For early northern New England settlers, the forest was something to be feared. It was dark and stifling and full of strange noises and unfamiliar creatures. When William Bradford arrived on the Mayflower, he termed the forest a "hideous and desolate wilderness..." But the settlers were practical as well as resourceful. Land had to be cleared for houses, and that required cutting down trees and dragging away stumps. Soon the forest was found to contain nuts and sap. the once intimidating forest provided good hunting, and trees became logs with which to build shelter. Eventually, the settlers realized that the forest could be a profitable natural resource.
hardcover, 2003, 128 pages