The management goal for the Palmer Woods Forest Preserve is to promote diverse, productive, and resilient forest communities. Specific management objectives for the property include:
- conducting a moderate timber harvest designed to capture trees expected to die in the near-term (salvaging all ash and beech in particular)
- use group selection or canopy gaps to promote regeneration of red oak, black cherry, basswood, and yellow birch
- control thick beech sapling stands to allow for more desirable tree species
- retain all hemlock on the property
- monitor oak for oak wilt and remove affected trees if found
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
- 2016: Installed two large deer exclosures totaling 35 acres.
- 2017: Conducted baseline vegetation monitoring inside and outside deer exclosures. Conducted 183-acre timber harvest to select against ash and beech and treat beech stumps.
- 2018: Planted 1000 tree seedlings in a 10-acre area, including tulip tree, bur oak, and shagbark hickory.
- 2019: Planted 500 tree seedlings in a 5-acre area, including bur oak, chinkapin oak, white oak, bitternut hickory, sassafras, and paper birch.
This page will be updated as work continues and monitoring results become available.