The goals for this property tier to a broader strategy developed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to outline the management activities occurring across all of its lands. For woodlands, this includes goals related to the maintaining the ecological integrity of forested ecosystems, providing opportunities for wildlife habitat and recreation, and pursuing sustainable forestry activities. Management objectives in the northern hardwood areas include improving early-successional and younger forest habitats, increasing stand and species diversity, and responding to forest health issues like beech bark disease and sugar maple decline. Management objectives in the Norway spruce plantations focus on removing the off-site plantations, increasing species and structural diversity, improving wildlife habitat, and improving recreation opportunities related to hunting and wildlife viewing.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
The DCR forester responsible for preparing this timber sale used the Adaptation Workbook to identify how the proposed timber sale could help the area to adapt to climate change. These actions largely centered on increasing the resilience of the stand by encouraging diversity and complexity.
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.
5.3. Retain biological legacies.
2.2. Prevent the introduction and establishment of invasive plant species and remove existing invasive species.
3.4. Promptly revegetate sites after disturbance.