Pisgah Timber Harvest

September 10, 2020

The commercial salvage operation to reopen Old Chesterfield Road, Snow Brook Trail is wrapping up. All that remains is to seed the log landing just inside the gate at the Snow Brook Trailhead.

Old Chesterfield Road and Snow Brook Trail are fully open.

The storm certainly changed things, but the resulting patches of even-aged forest will provide important young forest wildlife habitat. In the short term, these areas will be foraging locations for bats and the fledglings of insectivore songbirds nesting in the surrounding woods. “Soft mast” species like blackberries will spring up and be food for everything from birds to bear. As trees regenerate, they will provide quality browse for deer and moose and dense “escape cover” and breeding habitat for many birds and small mammals. Stumps and down woody material provide habitat for species from small mammals to bobcats. Large snags and trees retained in the salvage will provide den locations for many species and hunting perches for raptors.

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.

August 13, 2020

The commercial timber sale to reopen Old Chesterfield Road, Snow Brook Trail and salvage 18 acres of storm damage (on the Winchester end of Pisgah State Park) continues.  

Blow down blocking Old Chesterfield Road has been cleared and salvage to the west of Old Chesterfield Road should be complete by the weekend and Fullam Pond will be accessible by vehicle this weekend. Be aware the road through the salvage area is still a bit rough.

Old Chesterfield Road remains closed weekdays to cars and trucks at the junction of John Hill Road until the salvage is complete.  Snow Brook Trail will remain closed from Old Chesterfield Road to Orchard Trail during the salvage.  
 
Working in a blow down area is difficult for the equipment operators.  Do not enter the project area or approach equipment.  Watch here for updates.  For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.


July 28, 2020

The commercial timber sale which will reopen Old Chesterfield Road, Snow Brook Trail and salvage 18 acres of storm damage (on the Winchester end of Pisgah State Park) began July 20th.  

While plans are to remove the blow down blocking Old Chesterfield Road early in the project, Fullam Pond is still not accessible by vehicle. Old Chesterfield Road remains closed to cars and trucks at the junction of John Hill Road until further notice, and it continues to be closed to ATV’s at the junction of Broad Brook Road.  

The log landing off Snow Brook Trail has been completed salvage of the storm damage has begun.  Working in a blow down area is difficult for the equipment operators.  Snow Brook Trail will remain closed during the salvage.  Do not enter the project area or approach equipment.  Watch here for updates.  For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.

July 23, 2020

Work has resumed in the southern unit of the Old Swanzey Road timber sale at Pisgah State Park.
   
 
A “cut to length” harvester fells, delimbs and cuts the trees to log length.


Red oak seedlings are scattered through the areas where cutting occurred last year.

June 22, 2020

During thunderstorms on May 15, 2020, a sizable area of storm damage occurred on the Winchester end of Pisgah State Park near the junction of Old Chesterfield Road and the Snow Brook Trail.