Description: This is how it starts. One pine. Fire. A little clump. Fire. A big clump. Fire. Entire mountainside covered. Fire. Entire mountainside dense.
This is when one should stop it. Now. Not when it is dense.
Description: Burned in the 2000 fires this pine plantation was left to collapse, although a few stems nearer the public paths were felled. The Fynbos is coming back well on top, but lower down - which did not burn is still full of invasive forest species (some indigenous).
Description: This slope was obviously well covered in pines, but were cut down. Only a few traces, other than basal stumps - and the very occasional trunk like this and the rare seedling, remain and it is hard to believe that dense stands were present a few decades ago.
The alien control on this property is exemplary! Wish the same could be said for the neighbours.
Description: If clearing pines makes a mess, it is nothing compared to what the machinery used does. Here gravel - from an unknown, and possibly alien-invasive contaminated quarry- was brought in and dumped to prevent the large logging trucks from bogging down. Despite promises that all gravel brought it would be removed after the harvesting, this never happened.
Fortunately alien seeds in the gravel were low.
Description: Too steep to harvest (planted under the philosophy that when it would come to harvest, technology will solve the problems: we now have the technology, but it is not affordable - a slight little oversight).
Was frilled by a contractor, but none of the plants died.
Shortly after this was frilled again, more successful.
Description: Harvesting day: Plantation > Fynbos
Unfortunately SANParks could not get their act together to burn this block and it is slowly recovering with lots of aliens. The seedbank was thus not stimulated to germinate: let us hope it lasts until until SANParks eventually carries out its mandate to restore the area properly.
Description: Needles in paired fascicles and measure from 6 to 7.3 cm in length, sheath of .5 cm included. Cones 3.5 x 5 cm and 3.5 x 4 cm respectively. This Pine species is planted in small numbers around Pretoria, at golf courses or along roads. I thought it was Pinus sylvestris, but someone suggested Pinus brutia. A few of these can be seen on google street view, -25.746111,28.188056 in Prince's Park Ave, Pretoria
Description: end of Kirstenbosch Centenary Walk lead by Dirk Muller.
Last of the old Stone Pines. Planted 100 years ago and now reaching senility. Will probably have to be removed as too dangerous within the next few years as more and more branches die off.
Description: Tokai Plantation: home to the first trail plantations in South Africa.
And now, after 100 years the biocontrols are "invading": an impressive list of fungi and insects are rendering this the possible last commercially viable crop of this species in the Western Cape.
In the far distance are two blocks cut down and discarded in situ at 3 years after being found with Pine Blight.
The foremost block is due to be harvested within a few months (of the observation: is now harvested)
Description: This patch burned down in the fire.
Elsewhere the removal of the alien deer has resulted in massive recruitment: 100s of plants per m2, where for over 100 years people had assumed that this species was not invasive on Table Mountain.