Crazy Corners Timber Harvest
This recently completed project encompassing about 128 acres is located near and named after the unusual intersection where Chopmist Hill Road (Route 102), Rockland Road, and Plainfield Pike (Route 14) meet near the former village of Rockland. Harvest objectives were site-specific depending on species composition and size and density of the trees. Log landings were located along Plainfield Pike and Rockland Road.
The area south of Plainfield Pike included thinning white pine to allow the remaining trees to grow and (in a small section) release seedlings and saplings established after an earlier harvest. Work in between Plainfield Pike and Rockland Road is allowing more sunlight to reach the ground, which will allow hardwood seedlings to become established. This was accomplished by leaving the larger, more robust trees spaced out over the area with openings between them. Young trees will become established and grow under the partial shade of the parent trees until they need more sunlight to continue growing. Some or all of the canopy trees could then be removed to make way for the next stand.
Work in the area north of Rockland Road focused on freeing up “growing space” for the healthiest and most vigorous trees by removing their competitors on two or three sides. A future cut will aim at securing seedling and sapling regeneration.
Hoxie White Pine Timber Harvest
This harvest is focused on improving growing conditions in stands with a significant white pine component and releasing young trees that were secured during previous thinnings. In several areas, the goal is to establish white pine seedlings. In these stands, most of the remaining canopy trees may be removed 5-10 years later if adequate numbers of seedlings are in place become the next stand of trees.
Work is taking place on about 40 acres south of Danielson Pike and east of Battey Meeting House Road. A log landing is visible on the south side of Danielson Pike between the Horseshoe Dam and the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot.
Two Town Timber Harvest
Covering a total of 60 acres, this harvest includes work on three different areas of the property (between Brandy Brook Road and Route 116, the Tunk Hill peninsula, and the west side of the Westconnaug Reservoir). Most of the job is focused on thinning white pine and mixed pine-hardwood stands to improve the growth of the remaining trees. On seven acres in the Brandy Brook section, some large mature trees will be cut to release tall pine saplings and allow them to begin growing into the canopy. A log landing will be visible along Brandy Brook Road in Scituate.