March 2, 2018 Update:
Winter/spring activities originally scheduled to begin prior to April 1, 2018, are being postponed due to insufficient time to implement the activities before timing restrictions would curtail the work.
2018 PLANNED ACTIVITY
Stand 18 Young Forest Restoration: The management objective is to restore young oak-hickory forest within a more mature forested landscape. This will be accomplished by opening the canopy to allow for the growth of young oak and hickory trees, blackberries, sedges, and a variety of other shrubs and sapling species. This restoration will provide breeding and/or foraging habitat for more than 60 different bird species, including the endangered Golden-winged Warbler. Approximately 18.5 acres.
Activity Description and Treatment Maps - Updated 2/2/18 (pdf, 520kb)
Stand 33 Restore Old Growth Structure: The management objective is to accelerate old growth attributes within a forest type that is better suited to developing a climax forest. This is accomplished through a process known as "gap-phase replacement", which mimics the natural processes of an old-growth forest. Through the creation of small canopy gaps and growth of younger cohorts of shade-tolerant trees, this stand will contain three or more age classes at any given time. Approximately 17 acres.
Activity Description and Treatment Maps - Updated 2/2/18 (pdf, 2.6mb)
Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan (pdf, 38.6mb)
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