Sanitation Timber Harvest Planned at Pawtuckaway State Park


The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands will be harvesting several red pine plantations on 208 acres of Pawtuckaway State Park. This will be a sanitation harvest to remove trees that are infested with red pine scale, an exotic insect that has caused swift decline and mortality in red pine stands throughout RI, CT and MA. The first documented case in New Hampshire occurred in 2012 at Bear Brook State Park and the Division of Forests and Lands implemented a similar harvest in an attempt to minimize the spread of this devastating insect, and to provide a safe environment for park visitors. For more information please visit click here.

Harvesting at Pawtuckaway State Park is expected to begin in the winter of 2018 and will be concentrated in red pine stands along Reservation Road, Round Pond Road and Tower Road.

For additional information regarding red pine scale or if you have a red pine stand that you suspect may be infected contact Forest Health Program Coordinator Kyle Lombard at (603) 464-3016.

For additional information regarding the sanitation harvest at Bear Brook contact Regional Forester Scott Rolfe at (603) 227-8741.