The Trustees’ goal is to manage Notchview’s forest habitats as a healthy, climate-resilient forest that provides diverse wildlife habitat and natural communities, as well as recreational opportunities and other ways to engage the public. To help achieve this long-term management goal, The Trustees worked with a consulting forester to develop a ten-year forest stewardship plan for Notchview, but with a longer term outlook as well. The forest stewardship plan outlines the goals and objectives for managing the property’s natural resources and will help The Trustees chart how to address threats to the forest resource such as the emerald ash borer, non-native invasive plants, and climate change.
The following are objectives for Notchview forest stewardship:
- Designate areas to develop into late successional forest requiring minimal management beyond invasive species control.
- Plan for impacts on the forest from emerald ash borer and other forest pests.
- Develop recommendations for forest management to benefit our recreational opportunities (skiing, biking, nature watching)
- Identify priorities for invasive plant control that will benefit the resiliency of the existing forest or prepare for development of early successional habitats.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
4.2. Prioritize and maintain sensitive or at-risk species or communities.
5.3. Retain biological legacies.
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions.
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.