Friday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Windham Regional Woodlands Association and Hogback Mountain Conservation Association present a tour of an active timber harvest at Molly Stark State Park in Marlboro, Vt. The intent of the harvest is to enhance habitat for snowshoe hares while protecting existing recreation trails and park infrastructure. The program will focus on balancing several management goals in a Park that directly abuts HMCA land. We will observe mechanical harvesting, where the operator sits inside a protected cab and uses joy-stick-type controls to fell, de-limb, and cut logs to length. Tim Morton, State Forester from the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, will lead the tour. Representatives from Long View Forest Contracting will be there to explain details of the harvest.
If you plan to attend, please notify Tim Morton at Tim.Morton@vermont .gov. He will contact people if the tour must be rescheduled due to weather or if the habitat work has been postponed. Dress warmly and bring snowshoes, as there may be significant snow cover at that elevation.
Directions – From Exit 2 of I-91, take Route 9 West about 14 miles. After passing the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop on the left (south side of Route 9), turn right into the large parking lot on the north side of Route 9. We will carpool from this meeting location to the park, where parking is limited in winter.