Remington Timber Harvest
A white pine harvest will take place on the Remington peninsula across from Ponaganset Road in Scituate. This project is predominately a thinning aimed at giving the remaining trees more room to grow. It is a continuation of work started in the 1930's when the agricultural areas were "under-planted" (a process where seedlings and saplings are planted beneath an "overstory" of tall, mature trees). White pine, red pine and spruce were frequently under-planted beneath low quality or otherwise undesirable hardwoods. Many of these areas were released by cutting and removing the overstory hardwoods in the mid-to late 1960's. More recent thinnings have taken place in 1998 and 2009. Logs from the thinning will be trucked to a local sawmill to be processed into lumber and beams for construction. Smaller logs will be processed for use in making mulch for landscaping.
Peck Hill Timber Harvest
This harvest will take place on about 135 acres located east of Quanopaug Swamp with access for equipment being several spots along Byron Randall Road and Shun Pike. Many areas included in this harvest were thinned in 2000, and then again in 2009. With adequate soil "scarification" (disturbing the top layer of soil, so that seedlings can get their roots established) in 2009 and a good white pine cone crop, abundant pine seedlings became established and have since grown into saplings. The new saplings will benefit from the additional sunlight when some of the larger trees are removed. These removals allow sunlight to reach the floor of the forest and help the seedlings to grow. The overall goal of this kind of work is to improve the growth of the remaining trees and help to establish new seedlings.
Halls Timber Harvest
Combining thinning and regeneration treatments in different areas, this project is taking place on about 145 acres mostly on the west side of East Road (Route 116), from Byron Randall Road north to the Village of North Scituate. Areas to be worked include white pine, mixed pine hardwood, and mixed softwood comprised of white pine, red pine spruce, and some pitch pine. Many of the "conifers" (evergreens) that are being cut were planted from 1925-1930. The areas were then thinned in 1946, 1962, 2000 and 2009. Work in the southern portion of this project is aimed at releasing established saplings, creating new seedlings and improving the growing conditions for remaining trees by allowing their crowns to expand into newly created openings. Cutting along Route 116 on the northern portion will be heavier due to minimizing the number of remaining trees, which would be susceptible to wind damage and could become roadside hazards.