Pisgah Timber Harvest

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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