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Forest Activities

Gravel Roads

All roads are now open. Please exercise caution on open roads, as shoulders are soft and conditions are not suitable for all vehicles. For updates regarding temporary road closures and reopenings, please call 1-800-399-8771 or visit this website. Thank you for helping DLLT improve safe driving conditions on forest roads throughout the year.

Maps

 

Yard Wood

 

Dark Cove Mountain Harvest

A winter harvest is planned north of Dark Cove Mountain in T5 Sakom which will take place about 1/2 mile in on the Dobsis Dam Road on the east side of the road. The harvest is a commercial thinning, removing mostly Hemlock. The upland portion of the harvest will remove White Birch, Aspen, and Hemlock while leaving Maples, Beech, and Yellow Birch which are more shade tolerant and a longer lived species. A buffer will be left between the harvested area and the brook. Dates TBD.

Map of proposed harvest area for Dark Cove Mountain in winter 22/23.

Daugherty Ridge Patch Cuts

In December 2022, DLLT began the second entry into the Daugherty Ridge Grouse and Woodcock Management Area, located 1 mile west of Grand Lake Stream. This harvest is since completed.

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 consisted of patches 2-5 acres in size and totaling 27 acres.  The majority of trees within each patch were removed, leaving occasional individual trees or clumps consisting of standing dead snags, mast-bearing trees like mature beech and oak, and large coniferous “roost” trees.  Post-harvest condition is 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 was left along the Fourth Lake Road to protect scenic values.  The harvest areas were accessed from Daugherty Ridge Road via the Farm Cove ATV/Snowmobile Trail.

The harvest produced approximately 300 cords of hardwood pulp.  Branches, tops, and other non-merchantable wood were 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.Daugherty Ridge Patch Cut Map

Musquash Esker Patch Cut

A small harvest near the Musquash Esker Trail was completed during the 22-23 winter. The harvest cut 6 patches totaling 3.57-acres. Smaller growth was left standing, creating an early successional forest stand. Management in this area is for the benefit of many wildlife species, including Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, American Woodcock, and the Chestnut-sided Warbler. The patches do not cross into the ecological reserve, but some do come near the border.