TOPSHAM, Vt. — On Saturday, February 24th, 13 participants attended the Walk in the Woods: Diversified Land Management Tour with a Timbersale event hosted at Galusha Hill Farm in Topsham. Ryan Kilborn of Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd. (MTL) led the tour with support from another MTL Associate. The group was joined by John Harkin from Galusha Hill Farm, who spoke to the group regarding his farm and the projects he has going on with MTL’s ownership. The group was also joined by Doug Brown from the Upper Valley Land Trust, who spoke of the role of conservation on large blocks of working land.
The day started out a little slow due to the ice that accumulated over night, but everyone was great sports and hiked up to the pine cabin to start the day with introductions and learning more about what each person was interested in learning about on this tour. On the walk of the timbersale, Bryce Limlaw, the logger, joined to discuss the logging project, his machines and his responsibilities within the woods. Participants asked him questions while in the woods regarding trail maintenance and how he goes about felling timber for the grapples.
The timber tour looked at group selections in a mixedwood stand, crop tree release in a sugar maple dominated stand, and another group selection that had more wildlife attributes to it with a near proximity to an old beaver pond. Once back on the landing they discussed the process of utilizing timber and how the logger needs to make decisions on what is pulp, logs, and veneer and the importance of this. They also got into markets to some degree and how the selling of logs is beginning to change from more of a local market to a global market. For more Walks in the Woods geared toward current or future woodlands owners and sound forest management, go to the Vermont Woodlands Association’s website and learn more: www.vermontwoodlands.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (802) 747-7900.
The Vermont Woodlands Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based corporation whose mission is to advocate for the management, sustainability, perpetuation, and enjoyment of forests through the practice of excellent forestry- for this and future generations.
–Vermont Woodlands Association
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