Logging on conservation land might sound contradictory at first, but timber harvests just completed on two Southeast Land Trust-owned properties illustrate how active management advances three of the Land Trust’s objectives: protect and enhance wildlife habitat, practice long-term sustainable forest management, and create opportunities for passive recreation. Despite common objectives, the two logging operations are “really quite different in goals and methodology,” explained Phil Auger, Land Manager for the Land Trust.
MAST ROAD NATURAL AREA
“Here, it’s like pulling out the weedy carrots so the rest grow better,” he said as we toured Mast Road Natural Area in Epping on a snowy January day. Indeed, trees marked with blue paint for this “harvest” were surprisingly sparse; Auger chuckled at the contracted forester’s light-handed approach--even by Auger’s own standards.
Update: On March 13th voters unanimously supported the 38-acre Short property conservation easement purchase by appropraiting an addition $175,000 toward the purchase. These beloved trails will remain publicly accessible, and the Southeast Land Trust will hold the easement on this property.
Where is the Short Property?
The Short Property is a 38-acre tract of land located off Scamman Road and adjacent to the back of the Barker Farm and near the Gordon Barker Town Forest. The property has many trails that connect with those on town land, including Stratham Hill Park. When hiking or biking along the wonderful trail system in the Town Forest and Park, you may not even have realized that you have crossed onto the Short property, where the Shorts have graciously built trails and allowed public access.
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