You can see by this aerial shot (which is 10-or-so years old), that most of my property is wooded. I need to clear it quite a bit before I can start keeping goats here.
So.... two weeks ago I spoke to a logger. He logs the property, sells the wood and we split the proceeds. He looked at the site and says that I have enough wood to make it worthwhile for both of us.
He called today to let me know that he'll start logging next week. I know it's not politically correct to say this, but if he clear cuts, I'll be happy. The more trees he cuts or knocks down, even if he doesn't take them, the better for me. It will start to change the balance away from trees towards other forms of green. I don't need it to be pasture, brushy would be fine for goats. But I do need for the sun to get down to the ground to let other things besides trees grow here.
This area was originally forest, but I have heard from neighbors that as recently as 40 years ago, much of my property was meadows. I will not be ruining anything pristine.