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Guide Southeast Forest Management Projects

Forest Management Proposals and Silviculture Prescriptions are presented by the year in which they were proposed and then further by the Management Forestry District in which they are located. Proposals remain posted until the project is implemented with a timber sale or Home Fuelwood contract. Silviculture Prescriptions remain posted as long as a project is being actively implemented and at least one year after a project is completed. If you are unsure of when a project was proposed but know it’s location check the Management Forestry District map and it’s forester contact list.

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Freetown Co-Peace, Freetown State Forest

Proposed November 27, 2012
State Forest Freetown
Location Freetown
Acreage 48
Timber Sale Acres  
Forest Type White Pine
Silviculture Overstory Removal with reserves for two age management and Irregular Shelterwood
Date Proposed 11/27/2012
Public Meeting Date 12/4/2012
Public Meeting Location Fall River
Offered  -
Sold  -
Active  - 
Harvesting Completed  -
Contract Closed  - 

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Bristol Lot, F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

State Forest F. Gilbert Hills State Forest
Location Foxborough/Wrentham
Acreage 42
Timber Sale Acres 42
Forest Type Red oak, mixed oak
Silviculture Shelterwood
Date Proposed 2/16/2017
Public Meeting Date 2/21/2017
Public Meeting Location Easton
Offered 11/30/2017
Sold Yes
Active  2/20/2018
Harvesting Completed 7/11/2018
Contract Closed 9/25/2018
   

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Shawme Crowell-Barnstable Red Pine, Shawme Crowell and Barnstable State Forests

Proposed February 9, 2018
State Forest Shawme Crowell and Barnstable State Forests
Location Sandwich/Barnstable
Acreage 10
Hazard Tree Removal Acres 10
Forest Type Red pine plantation
Silviculture Hazard tree removal
Date Proposed 2/9/2018
Public Meeting Date 2/22/2018
Public Meeting Location Sandwich
Offered  1/7/2019
Sold 1/29/2019
Active 2/21/2019
Harvesting Completed 3/1/2019
Contract Closed  3/1/2019

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Norway Spruce-Pine Barrens, Myles Standish State Forest

Proposed March 15, 2019
State Forest Myles Standish State Forest
Location Plymouth / Carver
Acreage 62
Timber Sale Acres -
Forest Type Norway spruce plantation
Silviculture Ecosystem Rehabilitation
Date Proposed 3/15/2019
Public Meeting Date 4/9/2019
Public Meeting Location Carver
Offered -
Sold -
Active -
Harvesting Completed -
Contract Closed -

 

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Charge Pond Campground Complex Protection Plan, Myles Standish State Forest

Proposed June 30, 2021

The principal objective of this project is to protect the campers of the Charge Pond Campground Complex, embedded within Myles Standish State Forest, in the event of a wildfire.  The Complex is closely interfaced with a fire-dependent pitch pine-scrub oak ecosystem and only has one access road; and a wildfire approaching the Complex has the potential to overwhelm the Complex quickly.  This project proposes to manage fuels to mitigate the rapid spread of an uncontrolled wildfire, and provide a safety zone comprising a clear, safe area for facility users in the event of a fire.  Overstory canopy density will be reduced through removing large diameter trees and mowing/mulching smaller ones using proven scientific research from UMass Amherst faculty on fuels management in this forest type.  The safety zone will be created by removing, mowing, and/or mulching all trees or shrubs in the area.  Additionally, a nearby ongoing joint MassWildlife-DCR project, providing globally meaningful ecological restoration of a functional pine barrens ecosystem, will be expanded to restore an additional 142 acres of habitat.

State Forest Myles Standish State Forest
Location Plymouth 
Acreage 183.4
Timber Sale Acres -
Forest Type

scrub oak

Silviculture Shelterwood; group selection; variable density thinning
Date Proposed 6/30/2021
Public Meeting Date -
Public Meeting Location -
Offered -
Sold -
Active -
Harvesting Completed -
Contract Closed -

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Myles Standish 10 Year Pine Barrens Restoration – Myles Standish State Forest

Proposed November 2018

DCR and MassWildlife are restoring native Pine Barrens habitat through forest thinning and the use of prescribed fire. This work provides globally rare habitat and also reduces risk to human health and property in the event of a wildfire.

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Other Forest Management Projects and Information

Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest

The Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest was completed in 2015. Approximately 429 acres of dead and dying red pine was cut. Now that the red pine plantations have been removed, the Pitch pine and scrub oak are uninhibited and free to grow, returning these areas to pine barrens. The next step in our continuing process of managing this disturbance dependent ecosystem is to produce a forest wide fire management plan (FMP). The Myles Standish Planning Area FMP will be released in 2018.  Click here for more information.

Pine Barrens

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