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Over the past three years, the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust has been bringing down people and horses from Tono and Morioka in Iwate Prefecture to help us take out trees we’ve been thinning from our woods here in northern Nagano Prefecture — and lately, too, from the adjoining national forest we’ve been asked to oversee.

This logging gives the remaining trees more space and light, and so fosters improved biodiversity — while, unlike heavy machinery, horses don’t compact the earth and damage the woods.

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