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Johnson State to Conduct Selective Timber Harvest


College to Conduct Selective Timber Harvest

Project will protect wildlife, restore forest health, generate revenue for JSC.

January 9, 2015

Johnson State College will soon begin a selective timber harvest of about 100 acres of mature and over-mature trees on campus in order to open wildlife habitat, improve watershed protection, stimulate forest regeneration and generate revenue for the College. To ensure the frozen conditions necessary to provide a protective base for the trail and grounds, the operation is slated to begin as early as the second full week of January 2015 and will conclude by mid-March. The harvest is estimated to produce in excess of 300 MBF (thousand board-feet) of lumber.

The forester in charge of the project, Lamoille County Forester Raymond Toolan, will work with the project contractor (to be identified after contract finalization) in selecting landing sites and ensuring overall safety and the protection of the existing trail system. The areas of harvesting, located between the JSC main campus and Hoag Road, have been divided into 9 sections; harvesting will occur one section at a time. Signage and equipment will be evident in the areas of active operation, and we ask that everyone stay clear of areas where harvesting is active.

Questions about location of the current harvesting area may be directed to Forester-in-Charge Ray Toolan, at 802-888-5733.