We've been noticing the number of dead large trees lying in the fields around us as we follow the valleys south. The river banks are covered in them and they even reach the sea. There is so much dead wood left on the ground with farm animals grazing around it, like the remnants of a colonising war that these majestic trees and the original wild forests quite blatantly lost to the pioneers who came here to settle.
We have read that the forests were actually burned and that the remaining stumps and cut trees were the ones that were left. Apparently settlers were given more land for each area that they cleared. Sadly much of the forest was only found in Chile and now that the dirt roads are being tarred there is a danger that more forest will be 'harvested'