Everyone interested in using horses for logging, in how timber harvesting can be done to increase the long-term value of woodlands and enhance wildlife habitat and recreational uses, and in the latest “green” standards for forest management, is invited to tour our active timber harvest this Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m.
Our Foss Forest is being harvested right now. Horses and conventional skidders are being used to drag trees out of the forest. This forest tour will start at the Foss Forest log landing on Pearl Lake Road, 1.3 miles west of the intersection of Route 117 and Pearl Lake Road in Sugar Hill.
The harvest is being managed by consulting ecologist Jesse Mohr of Native Geographic, LLC, and forester Jeff Smith of Butternut Hollow Forestry. Smith, along with logger Bruce Streeter of Orford, will on hand to discuss the goals of the timber harvest and how horses and machinery are used to the benefit of the forest.
The management plan and timber harvest are following best practices as described in “Good Forestry in the Granite State.” The Foss Forest is a certified New Hampshire Tree Farm. It is also certified as sustainably managed by the international Forest Stewardship Council, meaning that timber from the forest may be sold into “green” markets, potentially at premium prices. The timber has also been marked to meet “Foresters for the Birds” guidelines. On the Foss property, we are trying to encourage understory and mid-story habitat for songbirds, while also promoting regeneration of valuable saw timber species.
ACT, Mohr, and Smith are all members of the Forest Guild, a national organization that promotes the “practice of responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them.”