In November 2022, DLLT will begin the second entry into the Daugherty Ridge Grouse and Woodcock Management Area, located 1 mile west of Grand Lake Stream. The purpose of this harvest is to create and maintain a young forest stand in which 4 separate classes can be found in close proximity. The harvest will consist of patches 2-5 acres in size and totaling 31 acres. The majority of trees within each patch will be removed, leaving occasional individual trees or clumps consisting of standing dead snags, mast-bearing trees like mature beech and oak, or large coniferous “roost” trees. Post-harvest condition will be comparable to patches that were harvested in this area in 2012, and rapid regeneration of shade-intolerant hardwoods such as aspen, birch, and red maple is expected to occur. A visual buffer strip will be left along the Fourth Lake Road to protect scenic values. The harvest areas will be accessed from Daugherty Ridge Road via the Farm Cove ATV/Snowmobile Trail. The trail will be posted, and ATV and/or snowmobiles should use caution and travel at slow speeds in this area. Post-harvest, DLLT will coordinate with the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club and Grand Lake Snowmobile Club to restore conditions for motorized recreation in the area. The harvest is anticipated to produce approximately 300 cords of hardwood pulp. Branches, tops, and other non-merchantable wood will be arranged as periodic “habitat piles” within the patches to provide cover for birds, small mammals, and other wildlife. This harvest is designed to benefit Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, moose, deer, small mammals, and other wildlife associated with young forest stands. The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is a fiscal partner in this harvest, and the harvest plan was developed with the input of RGS, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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