Northeast Corridor Boston to DC Grant (2007-2012)
Project goals were to establish a new stand of Atlantic white cedar on 22 acres along the Factory Branch in Double Trouble State Park and to identify and create a defensible buffer for the newly established and existing Atlantic white cedar utilizing fire and fuel breaks in the adjacent high hazard forest fuels.
Activities included repairing the main access road to the north side of Factory Branch, 17 acres of fire break installation and enhancements, improving access to the restoration site, aerial herbicide application to control hardwood tree and shrub competition in August of 2012 and obtaining privately held property for a second point of access for safe prescribed burning and fire suppression in the upland forest north of the Factory Branch.
Fire mitigation strategies also included the protection of homes located along Carriage Way, Carriage Road, Penhook Road, and Lacey Road.
This project is continuously monitored and evaluated each year to determine if successful Atlantic white cedar establishment has been achieved or if further treatments are needed.