Halls Timber Harvest
Combining thinning and regeneration treatments in different areas, this project is taking place on about 146 acres on the east side of the Scituate Reservoir’s north arm, mostly between Route 116 and the reservoir and also in a small section south of Central Avenue.
Work is underway in the southern section of the harvest, which includes road frontage opposite Byron Randall Road and William Henry Road. The intent of cutting in this area is to release established white pine regeneration, allowing it to grow into the canopy, and to thin pine and mixed pine-hardwood stands to improve growing conditions for the remaining trees.
With half a mile of road frontage along Route 116 south of North Scituate village, the northern section of the harvest will be highly visible from the public highway. The goal is to release established small trees in this evergreen-dominated stand of red and white pine and Norway spruce, enabling them to grow into the canopy. Along the road, cutting will be intentionally heavy to prevent leaving shallow-rooted trees susceptible to wind damage that could become roadside hazards. Red pines vulnerable to invasive insect pests are also targeted for cutting. This area may be targeted for post-harvest tree seedling planting to bolster natural tree regeneration.
Log landings are or will be located off Route 116 and Central Avenue.
Peck Hill Timber Harvest
This harvest is taking place on about 132 acres in stands located to the northeast of the large Quonopaug Brook swamp east of Route 116. Many stands in this area of Providence Water's property that is dominated by white pine were previously cut in 2009 (following insect-infested red pine removal in 2000) and this project is following up on these earlier management entries.
Where trees are large and regeneration is well established, the goal is to improve growing conditions and release the young trees that were secured during previous treatments. Additional overstory trees will be removed 5-10 years later, while some large individuals will be left as legacy trees. In other areas, the job is intended to open the canopy to allow enough light to establish white pine seedlings, or to thin white pine and mixed pine-hardwood stands to improve the growth of the remaining trees.
Log landings will be located off Byron Randall Road and Shun Pike.
Peninsula Timber Harvest
This aptly named harvest covers about 110 acres on a peninsula jutting southward into the center of the Scituate Reservoir between its two arms. The treatment is a thinning to favor the growth of the remaining trees in this area of upland pine-oak forest, following previous entries in 1970 and 2000.