Forest management on the Park strives to:
- Maintain a sense of the Forest’s history through broad landscape patterns and representative historic features while working with ecological processes and continuing to apply best current thinking and practices in forest management.
- Perpetuate the tradition of sustainable forest management on the property
- Incorporate a long-term perspective on the changing composition and character of the Forest
- Value the Forest as both a natural and cultural resource
- Emphasize the relationship of the Park’s forest management to broader community well-being and sustainability
- Strengthen civic engagement and stewardship
Climate Change Impacts
Following the collection of scientific information about climate change and the Park, a meeting was held in May 2014 to consider how scientific information from the assessment could be integrated into Park activities in order to develop actionable steps to adapt forests at the Park to changing conditions and monitor outcomes. Participants represented the Park, the NPS Climate Change Response Program, the NPS Northeast Temperate Network I&M program, the NPS Northeast Region Office, Redstart Consulting, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, the US Forest Service, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The Adaptation Workbook was used to identify potential adaptation actions for this project, which are listed below.
The ideas that were generated from the use of the Adaptation Workbook were incorporated into a report on the Park's climate change vulnerability and adaptation actions. More recently, these ideas have been used in the development of multiple timber harvests and other projects, which have been implemented or are underway.
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.
9.2. Establish or encourage new mixes of native species.
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.
9.4. Protect future-adapted seedlings and saplings.