To document my previous comments, here are historical pictures from the history book from my district.
I apologize for the poor resolution, due to the pdf form of the online book.
Cordwood piled over an 8th of a mile long in multiple rows, each pile a different man or crews work. To be loaded into boxcars, to be sent to cities east and west. Prior to the rail line being built around 1903, they hauled timber on the snow with horses 12 miles north to the CP main line.
The foreword of the book describes what the compiler saw over his long life, the area transformed from timber camps and sawmills to nothing but shelter belts around farm yards. It had been called “The bad woods”, almost impossible to clear, stands of huge American elm, green ash, bur oak and trembling aspen. Lady slippers, wild plum, high bush cranberry, diamond willow, hawthorn, chokecherries, pincherries, etc. Now it looks like it was originally a prairie. When I was young large tracts of original forest still existed. It grew very valuable timber, and probably was better for producing lumber and fuel wood than canola and soybeans.
Our ancestors worked harder, and smarter than most can imagine.