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Pisgah Timber Harvest

October, 2014 Update

The Pisgah P1-597 timber harvest was shown for solicitation of public bid on Thursday October 9th. It was a good turnout of approximately a dozen potential timber buyers including loggers, mill representatives and log brokers. Bidders will have two weeks to submit their bids. The bids will be opened at the Concord office on the 23rd and bidders are invited to be present at the opening. The sale will be awarded to the highest bidder who will then have 45 days to sign the contract and make the first advance stumpage payment on the sale. The contractual period of operation begins this December and allows for up to two years to complete the harvest.

Forester Inge Seaboyer discusses the requirements to potential buyers.
Forester Inge Seaboyer shows marked timber to a group of potential buyers.

September, 2014 Update

Work began on the timber harvest project at Pisgah State Park last week. Foresters started marking the boundaries of the nine clear cuts that will create young forest habitat to provide browsing and foraging opportunities as well as cover for a large suite of both game and non-game wildlife species. Riparian buffers of 75 feet will be left unmarked along streams and will be further expanded in areas with steep slopes.

Forester Inge Seaboyer sizes up a large red oak before applying marking paint.
Forest Technichian Adam Taschereau marking several mature white pine trees.

Up to eight snag or cavity trees per acre will be retained at the recommendation of Fish and Game to provide additional denning opportunities for wildlife. Large cavity trees, snags and downed wood provide critical habitat for many wildlife species. If existing large standing cavity trees and or snags (dead standing trees) are not in the sale area, trees that may serve that purpose in the future - often large stems which have little value as logs but are very valuable to wildlife will be left. Large diameter cavity trees and snags are especially important, because species which need these, such as barred owls, fisher, grey fox and bear, cannot use smaller stems.

Example of a tree with a large cavity

Clear cut locations were chosen based on areas of mature and/or declining timber that were identified during a recent timber cruise; a systematic inventory of forest resources that measures sample plots every 200 feet. After careful planning, mapping and review by other agencies such as Fish and Game and the Natural Heritage Bureau, the perimeters of the clear cuts were then flagged out with surveyors tape as well as any riparian buffers along streams or wetlands.

Red maple saw logs marked for harvest.
A mix of hemlock, beech and red maple pulp trees.

Finally a four person crew of foresters measures and marks the trees with blue paint. A dot indicates a pulp tree for making paper products, firewood, or chips while a stripe indicates a sawlog tree for creating dimensional and finish lumber, flooring or furniture. As trees are marked the foresters calls out the species, diameter and height which are recorded in a book by the “tally man”. The “tally” can then be used to generate the volumes of timber by species and product for sale at public bid.

Tools of the trade - a gallon of tree marking paint, a marking gun
and a biltmore stick for measuring trees.

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Regional Forester, Will Guinn at 603-271-2214 or Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453.

August, 2014 Update

The Division of Forest and Lands is in the planning stages to harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat on 140.1 acres at Pisgah State Park during the winter of 2014-2015. This project is located in the management Criteria 3 area as described in the Pisgah State Park Management Plan.

To accomplish the even-aged forest prescription for Criteria 3, this project includes nine clear cuts ranging in size from 3 to 12 acres, totaling 48.4 acres. One clear-cut area will enlarge the fields and be maintained as shrub land for wildlife habitat. Two other clear-cuts planned will create young forest habitat adjacent to the old orchard off Horseshoe Road to be managed in conjunction with the NH Fish and Game Department. The remaining clear cuts will regenerate areas damaged by the 2008 and 2010 ice storms and blocks of mature and/or declining trees. 77.6 acres will be thinned to improve growing space for the remaining trees and 14 acres will be left as buffers along streams and wetlands.

Ice storm damage from the 2008 and 2010 storms. Note the poor crowns in the declining trees and the many dead trees.
(Above) In 2008 a similar forest management operation took place in the park
Forest regeneration is 10-12” after one year growth.
Forest regeneration has now grown 6-8 feet

(Above) In 2012 another forest management operation took place in the park. Condition post harvest.
Forest regeneration of Aspens two years after harvest.                                                
Indigo Bunting seen in the clear cut at Pisgah, a species that benefits from the harvest.

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Regional Forester, Will Guinn at 603-271-2214 or Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453.