Low-Impact Logging Plan

Here are a few words from our forester about how and why we maintain the woods:

March 2021 Logging Update:
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Bert and Ernie, and Loggers Andrew and Kenric have been making steady progress after a late start. Snow conditions are still favorable (not too deep or too much ice). Markets are slow as we all predicted. One load of mixed hardwood pulpwood has been shipped. It will be used to make paper.

There are about 3-4 loads of pulp and sawlogs (used for lumber) waiting on the 2 wood yards or landings.
One section is completed between the Wells, the Village Corporation, and nearest Anson St. Most Foresters and Loggers would agree this is a light cut. It looks good; brush is low and trails free of same. Please don't hesitate to throw a limb out of the trail if it was missed or moved by the wind. I see unhealthy trees and others that should be harvested, but this will be a later time. Sometimes it takes several coats of paint to cover a wall.

An expected and beneficial side effect of this harvest is a "deer browse buffet"! Logging plays an important and routine role in feeding whitetails over the winter. They find the buds and twigs nutritious, which they find difficult browsing when the tree is standing. Their favorites are sugar maple, yellow birch, red maple, and white birch. They can browse nearly any species, but softwoods (except cedar) and beech, among others, provide little nutrition since they can't digest them. You will see "cow paths" where the deer travel to the tops, and the tops will be frayed and shortened.

Speaking of winter feed. The thousands of seedlings per acre which this harvest will trigger (remember the forest after next?), will be browse for several winters until they become too tall for the deer to reach. I'd say whitetails and Loggers have a symbiotic relationship!

The crew is always glad to answer questions, and Bert and Ernie are photogenic. They don't do autographs!
Please observe the 2 tree lengths rule for your safety. Watch from 2 tree lengths and don't approach until Andrew or Kenric motion you.

Yours in trees, horizontal and vertical,
Thanks, Pete

January 2021 Logging Update:
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After a long delay due to an injury to Logger Andrew Chase, who was kicked in the knee by a cow (the horses say "I told you so"), the entire crew will be starting next week; Andrew, Kenric, and horses Rex, Tuff, Bert and Ernie.

As a review, the layout goes as follows:
  • Bright Orange flagging marks the property lines.
  • Bright Pink marks the trails.
  • Trees to harvest are painted light blue, fore and aft, about eyeball height.
  • The Overlook/vista widening is marked pale pink, double flagged.
  • The trails are to be left free of slash, limbs, and brush. Please remove if you see any missed.
  • Please note the information posters at trail junctions.

We will be yarding and processing at 3 locations on Village Corp. (Water Dept) property.

For Safety, do not approach within 2 tree lengths of the active logging microsite. Make motion for eye contact and approval with the Loggers before approaching. Interaction and questions is encouraged, with Loggers and horses. Keep your dog on a leash around the horses.

We are harvesting mature and often over mature trees, diseased trees, and structurally unsound trees. Trees, like all living organisms, have a finite life span. Most people don't know that white birch, popple (aspen), and balsam fir live only 60-80 years, or about a human's lifetime. White pine, spruces, ash, maples about 100-150 years. Hemlock and oaks 200 years+. And yes, trees also die from diseases (not Corona virus!), and can succumb to insect infestations. This will be a lighter touch than last Winter, due to less over mature white birch. You will note when you see blow downs after the wind events, that many of these trees have decayed, cracked, or rotten areas, where they break. We are following a written Forest Management Plan done by a Licensed Forester. We are creating the next forest and the forest after next.

When Farmington was settled Flint Woods was forested. Food was a top priority for the settlers, so Flint Woods was cleared for crops, gardens, pasture, and hay. Was it called "Flint Field"? There are rock walls on 2 sides of Flint Woods from clearing. In the mid to late 1800's, people migrated from farms to factories and towns. Many fields, including Flint Woods were abandoned. In Maine, the natural State of land is forested. Stop mowing your back lawn and see what happens! Harvesting of old trees creates an opening. In these openings young seedlings start naturally by the hundreds. This creates the forest after next.

We do not expect to finish this Winter, and will need another to complete our project. We harvest in the winter to cause less collateral damage. The ground is frozen and the trees are dormant.

Expect another update as we near Winter's end.

May the Forest Be with you!
Thanks, Pete