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Timber Harvests






Barden Timber Harvest

This harvest is taking place on about 63 acres in two separate areas in Foster and Scituate located to the south of the Barden Reservoir. The western area is dominated by tall white pine and the intent here is to create small canopy gaps to establish white pine seedlings or release existing understory regeneration. The species composition of the eastern area is more evenly divided between pine and oak. The prescription at this location is a thinning to favor the growth of the remaining trees and promote the continued presence of pitch pine, a species that has become less common in western Rhode Island than it was historically in part due to the suppression of wildfire.

Log landings are or will be located at the end of Hemlock Road in Foster in and off Ponagansett Road between Route 14/102 and Hemlock Road.





Waterman Pines Timber Harvest

The focus of this harvest is on improving growing conditions in a large contiguous area of white pine planted in the early 1940s. The large trees in the southern part of this area have grown in response to previous management entries, but the trees growing in the northern area have not been thinned since they were planted under a canopy of oak trees that were later cut in the 1960s. Future entries will take additional canopy trees with the goal of establishing and releasing young white pine seedlings and saplings.

Work is taking place on about 100 acres on the east side of the Scituate Reservoir’s north arm. A log landing is visible on the north side of Plainfield Pike inside the gate just each of the causeway across the reservoir.





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.