In the 1800's Vermont and New Hampshire were cleared of forests and the sheep farming industry had a boom. Over 80% of the land was cleared for sheep and divided with stone walls from the pastures. Along the edge of these pastures the farmers would occasionally leave some trees to mark property boundaries or provide shade for the animals. Once the sheep industry collapsed the pastures slowly grew back into forests and the old pasture trees were outgrown by younger trees growing up around them. When the forests grew the old pasture trees died. This etching shows an old pasture maple that died with the rise of the new forests. These snags are evidence of a time when New England looked entirely different.