Ruth Meyers wrote:How many thumbs-up can I give R Scott's post?
That is heartening to hear.
bruce Fine wrote: with climate changing so rapidly now there is no telling what the future drought situation might be, look what is happening in Australia and California. I saw something recently about how farmers in Midwest were removing forested areas between fields to gain acreage. those tree lines are what helped prevent a dustbowl for the past 80+ years according to the report I saw. but I'm no expert.
Many of those abandoned dust-bowl farms of 1929 and 1930 returned to forests in the decades that followed. 90 years is a long time in terms of forestry succession. Some of that land is what they used to call "Indian Territory" -- Native American reserves, but the majority of it is privately held. In other words, the descendants of those old homesteaders still hold title to the land. The Federal Government never came back and re-took the land after it was abandoned. Those lush forests of Oklahoma are evidence of nature's tremendous capacity to regenerate and heal. While billions of tons of soil was blown away in 29 and 30, billions and billions more tons have been created by nature in the 90 years since.