Who Created the Giant Chessboard Seen from Space




The forest is the property of the planet. With the help of it, it breathes, cleans itself, and people take the maximum of resources suitable in all spheres of life. In addition to deforestation for the needs of enterprises, construction, sending for export to neighboring countries, sometimes special clearings are made in green areas.





Glades are strips freed from trees. On a large scale, they are cut down for the settlement of settlements. On a local scale, they are needed for arranging power lines, pipelines, laying roads, other communications, and conducting topographic surveys on the ground. These types of glades do not differ in variety, the edges of forest zones and treelessness evenly stretch along the entire length of the glade necessary for the placement of infrastructure.

Chessboard the size of a grove



But there is one unusual forest in America, where glades, by a strange coincidence of circumstances, were cut down in a completely different way — like squares on a chessboard.

Mass deforestation in the US state of Idaho took place two centuries ago. One of the US logging concerns received the right to empty land along the Priest River, but on the condition that the forest will be partially cut down. The company's management pledged to follow the terms of the contract. As a result, a “patterned forest” was formed along the river bed, which now looks like a chessboard in winter.


This is what the forest in Priest Valley looks like on the map


For the first time, a man-made anomaly in Idaho was seen on images taken by the ISS. Before NASA specialists were a section of a grove with dark and light alternating squares. This is especially evident in winter when evergreen trees rise in pristine areas. And on the rest of the land, left without green cover, there is white snow.





Why did people create geometric shapes in the middle of the forest



It turns out that forest geometry didn't come from a logging company. She became the subject of a long-standing contract between the American authorities and the leadership of the North Pacific Railway in the century before last. According to the terms of this document, every second square mile, approximately 2.6 km2 of the forest, remained untouched for the needs of the builders of railway branches.

After the saw cut, the logs were sent to the lower reaches of the Priest, and this continued until 1968. Subsequently, the river received the status of the natural heritage of America, timber rafting ceased.

Followers try to preserve the history



Plots of the forest, carefully left by the logging enterprise for the needs of the North-Pacific Railway, were sold to private owners, who continued deforestation. But even these enterprises are still keeping the tradition of the "chess forest".


This cutting technique helps prevent deforestation. Because the trees, which are the lungs of the planet, are partially cut down, and those that remain in place continue to perform their functions. In addition, the areas near Priest are protected from erosion and weathering.

It is not known how long industrialists will play "chess", but so far the forest is unique and is the main highlight of the state of Idaho.



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