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Pawtuckaway Timber Harvest


October, 2014 Update

Thanks to a very dry late summer, the contractor was able to wrap up the harvest quickly and all the wood has been trucked from the landing. There is some work still to be done to close out the landing and the skid road and it is expected to be completed by month’s end. For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Will Guinn, Regional Forester: william.guinn@dred.nh.gov or Scott Rolfe, Forester: scott.rolfe@dred.nh.gov.

 
 
Skid Road post harvest.
Skidder pulling a hitch to log yard.


September, 2014 Update

This update is a virtual behind the scenes tour that will show you the equipment and its operation on a typical forest operation. Since many of you have never seen the equipment used up close here are a few pictures:

 
 
Feller Buncher
Close-up of feller buncher saw.

Saw head on feller buncher

A feller-buncher is just that, the grappling arm is fully articulated and will grab one big tree or several small clusters of trees and saw them (feller) and then carry them making a hitch (buncher). When watching a feller-buncher in operation, I often think about harvesting swiss chard from the garden; cutting individual stalks or the whole bunch. Once the trees are cut, they are gathered into a hitch which is then dragged by the skidder to the log yard for processing.

 
 
A hitch of logs waiting to be pulled to the log yard
A skidder drags a hitch to the log yard for processing


Skid trail through a red oak stand that has been thinned

 In the log yard the trees are delimbed, the limbs and tops are chipped, the logs are cut-to-length and then loaded on to trucks to be shipped to mills. In the project description from the July 28th update it was discussed that much of the project is thinning will increase the size and quality of the residual stand and with a several clear cuts to create young forest habitat that will benefit a suite of wildlife species which depend on this habitat for food and shelter.

 
 
A load of hardwood pulp leaves the log yard This clear cut will quickly grow back to provide young forest habitat, note the snag left for wildlife

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Will Guinn, Regional Forester: william.guinn@dred.nh.gov or Scott Rolfe, Forester: scott.rolfe@dred.nh.gov.


July, 2014 Update

The Division of Forests and Lands is conducting a timber harvest at Pawtuckaway State Park on Old Mountain Road off of Reservation Road in Nottingham. Old Mountain Road will remain open for recreation but users should be prepared to yield the way to frequent log truck passage. The contractor, Timberwolf Logging, will be operating in the area until mid-October and will be using whole tree harvesting method. The harvest will take place in an area covering 176 acres to begin the regeneration process and create young forest habitat to benefit a suite of wildlife species which depend on this habitat for food and shelter. The majority of the project will be thinning with three clear-cuts totaling 38 acres. For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Will Guinn, Regional Forester: william.guinn@dred.nh.gov.


Log Yard Construction, July 28, 2014

Click below to view Pawtuckaway timber harvest maps.