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A friend of mine in New Mexico is descended from a Spanish family that has been in Albuquerque since 1593. His ancestors were among the first settlers given land grants by the church when Spain first settled that area. Wow. Four hundred and twenty-one years ago. Nearly 200 years before the United States was founded.
I was talking with a landowner recently about the restoration he and his wife are doing on their property, a former farm field. He said "It was a farm field forever, as long as I can remember."
That comment got me thinking about the whole concept of forever. What does that word really mean?
Let's think about that farmfield that's being restored today:
It was farmed for maybe 175 years - possibly from the time the area was first settled. That's a long time, for sure.
There's an oak tree on the property that is about 240 years old. That oak was possibly there before there was a United States of America! I wonder how many oaks were there on the property 240 years ago when that one first sprouted? How many 100s of years had oak trees grown on that land? 500? 5,000?
And what about the wet area on the farm that was drained for farming in the 1920s? How many hundreds or thousands of years was it filled with swamp milkweed, sedges, bullrushes and all of the insects, birds and other wildlife that are coming back to the area now. The rich, deep, organic soils indicate that they were formed over thousands of years of plant growth and decay in a wet environment.