Palmer Woods: Some Trails Temporarily Closed for Tree Harvest of Dead and Diseased Ash and Beech Trees

This beech tree at Palmer Woods is exhibiting the signs of this terrible disease. One of our goals for Palmer Woods is to manage the forest as a model for other northern hardwood forest owners and to show that we can both enhance overall biodiversity and enable sustainable timber harvesting.

Posted: 8/16/2017    You may recall an article in our summer newsletter about a planned harvest of dead and diseased trees at Palmer Woods. We wanted to make you aware that this selective harvest is beginning soon and for safety reasons we have closed some of the trails. The two-mile-long beautiful Price Valley trail is still open, however, so please continue to enjoy and hike this majestic forest.

The harvest will take place in a 180-acre area of this 700-acre property and will be visible from the trails. The harvest of dead and diseased ash and beech trees will help to limit the spread of this devastating scourge and to improve the health of the forest that you have helped to protect. It will also give healthy saplings a chance to grow.

It won’t be pretty for a while, but similar to what’s happening in the places hardest hit by the August 2015 storm, lush forest growth and rebound will occur naturally over the coming seasons.

Please call or email with any questions or concerns. 231-256-9665

Thomas Nelson, Executive Director

Click here for a trail map showing what trails are open and closed at this time


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