Pisgah Timber Harvest


November 14, 2022

Work to install access to the log landing for the southern Unit of a timber sale near the junction of Old Chesterfield Road and John Hill Road will begin on the week of November 14th.  Watch for gravel trucks on Old Chesterfield Road and turning at the junction of John Hill Road. 
This work is in preparation for logging operations which are exppisgah_harvest_11_2022.jpgected to happen this winter on dry or frozen ground.
This project is located in the management Criteria 3 area as described in the Pisgah State Park Management Plan. In this part of the Park even-aged forest management techniques – including patch clear cuts – are used to create young forest habitat.  This project includes six patch clear cuts ranging in size from 1.2 to 6.3 acres and three smaller “group” cuts from 0.4 to 0.8 acres. Clear-cuts are located in blocks of mature and/or declining trees.

In the short term, clear cuts will be foraging locations for bats and the fledglings of insectivore songbirds nesting in the cuts and the surrounding woods. They will provide quality browse for deer and moose, and “soft mast” like blackberries eaten by may wildlife species.pisgah_blackberries-(1).jpgLarge stems will be retained in the clear cuts for wildlife use as nest trees or perches for hawks and owls to hunt from.
And in just a few years the regenerating clear cuts will provide “escape cover” & breeding habitat for many birds and small mammals.
 An additional 11 acres will have partial cutting call “shelter-wood” done to provide growing space for the residual trees, and light to help establish desired tree regeneration.pisgah_bird.jpg
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.

 







October 10, 2022

The timber sale east of Old Chesterfield is complete. The southern portion of the new Habitat Loop Trail – from Old Chesterfield Road to the spur on the east pisgah_forwarder_trail-(1).jpgside of the beaver pond – is open.
Close out work on the log landing, forwarder trails and roads is complete. 
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.

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September 16, 2022

The southern portion of the new Habitat Loop Trail – from Old Chesterfield Road to the spurpisgah_9-16-2022.JPG on the east side of the beaver pond - remains closed until further notice.
Additional road work may be done to add materials to spots softened by recent rains. Remember to watch for log trucks and equipment weekdays. At the end of the harvest the roads will be receive additional work.

Cutting is complete, but processing and forwarding continues on the southern portion of the project area.  Some forwarding remains to be done on the north end of the project. To expedite completing the project – as fall rains approach – some logs may be “hot yarded” (ferried with a small log truck from the southern log landing) to an old log yard at the junction of Winchester Road and the Hubbard Hill Trail. From there larger trucks will reload and take the logs to local mills.  This same spot served as a log landing in 2013.
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 26, 2022

Road repairs to Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road are complete, so there are noforwarder-(1).JPG use restrictions.  Additional work will be done at the end of the harvest. Remember to watch for log trucks and equipment weekdays.
Some forwarding remains to be done on the north end of the project. Cutting, processing, and forwarding is happening on the southern portion of the project area. Wood is being decked (piled) in a log landing off Old Chesterfield Road just north of the Lily Pond Trail at the new Habitat Trail southern spur. This same spot served as a log landing prior to State ownership.
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 23, 2022

 Pisgah State Park – Road repairs to Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road (from Winchester Road to the just north of the Lily Pond Trail at the new Habitat Trail southern spur) have been delayed waiting forDecked-WP_HW.JPG gravel trucks, so weekday (Mon-Thurs) access continues to be limited until it is complete - watch for signs and updates here. 
Cutting and processing is complete on the north end of the sale. Wood is being decked (piled) in an existing opening off Old Chesterfield Road where trucks will load it to go to mills. Watch weekdays for equipment and log trucks. Meanwhile work is being completed on the main log landing.
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 19, 2022

Pisgah State Park – Road repairs to Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road (from Winchester Road to the just north of the Lily Pond Trail at the new Habitat Trail southern spur) continues. Weekday access will be limited until it is complete - watch for signs and updates here. 
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Cutting, forwarding and trucking has begun. Watch weekdays for equipment and log trucks. Do not approach equipment or assume the operator can see you.
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.

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August 16, 2022

Operation of the timber sale east of Old Chesterfield Road
has begun. pisgah_timber_hargvest-_8-16-2022-(1).jpg
Road repairs to Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road (from Winchester Road to the just north of the Lily Pond Trail at the new Habitat Trail southern spur) is ongoing. Access will be limited on portions of the trail - watch for signs and updates here. 
The southern portion of the new Habitat Loop Trail – from Old Chesterfield Road to the spur on the east side of the beaver pond is closed until further notice.
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 10, 2022

Operation of the timber sale east of Old Chesterfield Road which was delayed due to last summer’s rains, will begin on the week of August 15th.  
Road repairs to Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road (from Winchester Road to the just north of the Lily Pond Trail at the new Habitat Trail southern spur) will happen first. Access will be limited on portions of the trail - watch for signs and updates here.  

During harvest many of the old culverts and bridges will be covered with “crane or timber mats” to protect them during trucking and forwarding. These wooden mats are similar to wooden bridges so equestrians should be aware of possible traction issues.

Once harvesting begins, there will be occasional weekday trail closures (watch here for updates) and trucks on Winchester and Old Chesterfield Rd during weekdays.
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 603-227-8741pisgah_timber_harvest_8-2022.jpg
December 15, 2021

Due to ground conditions resulting from the rainy summer of 2021, operation of the timber sale east of Old Chesterfield Road has been postponed until 2022.

Work to repair storm damage to a section of the newly approved re-route/revival of the “Habitat Trail” (being spearheaded by the Friends of Pisgah) and provide access for the timber harvest, was begun in June 2021 and completed in October.



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.

June 3, 2021

Pisgah State Park - On June 9th and 10th road and trail repair work will be taking place off Old Chesterfield Road, just south of the Winchester Road junction. Old Chesterfield Road will be closed from Winchester Road to Reservoir Trail on Wednesday June 9th while this work is being done. Gravel trucks may be encountered on Horseshoe Road, Winchester Road and Old Chesterfield Road on both Wednesday and Thursday.

This work will both repair storm damage to a section of the newly approved re-route/revival of the “Habitat Trail” (being spearheaded by the Friends of Pisgah) and provide access for an upcoming timber harvest.

 

The Division of Forest and Lands recently received bids on a project to harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat on 94.5 acres at Pisgah. This project is located east of Old Chesterfield Road, in the Criteria 2 management area (as described in the Pisgah State Park Management Plan). In this part of the Park the goal is to develop an uneven-aged forest with all the different age classes, from seedlings to large saw timber represented. The management technique used is Group Selection, which harvests small openings ranging from 0.1 – 1.0 acre in size.

Several Groups have been located in pine with sparse tops like these. Crowns here are small due to overcrowding and are also affected by White Pine needle disease which causes the tree to shed more needles than normal, earlier in the year adversely affecting photosynthesis, growth and overall health. Other Groups are in areas of mature or low quality trees.

 

The harvest operations will take place on dry or frozen ground between August 15th and December 15th. Logs will be brought to a log landing in the Castle Field with a “forwarder”. The forwarder will traverse short sections of Old Chesterfield and Winchester Road as well as portions of the Habitat Trail.

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.

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