We purchased the land in April 2006. We spent the following several months visiting the land and getting to know it.
The previous owner had been required to put in a split-rail fence along part of the approximate boundary of the wetland buffer.
He had also had roughed out a driveway up to what we decided would be a good homesite on this south- and west-facing slope.
We cut down several trees, including an alder that was precariously hanging over the driveway and a maple that was right in the center of the homesite. Several other trees were cut to make space for the well-drilling rig.
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