Lo­cal foresters pro­mote tree re­newal

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester County Forestry Board is con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to ed­u­cate area res­i­dents about forestry man­age­ment, har­vest­ing and what the or­ga­ni­za­tion does for the county en­vi­ron­ment.

In late 2015, an 18.5-acre area of for­est was har­vested on Church Creek Road just across from Emily’s Pro­duce. Forestry Board mem­ber Rick Abend, Mary­land

De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Forester Scott Daniels, and landowner Philip Jack­son said they had re­ceived calls about when de­vel­op­ment would be start­ing, but there is no such ac­tion planned.

This con­fu­sion among lo­cals gave the forestry board the idea to put up a sign ex­plain­ing what hap­pened to the trees and why.

The sign shows that the 18.5 acres of trees be­came 383,000 board feet of saw tim­ber and 855 tons of pulp­wood. In early 2016, 12,600 loblolly pine seedlings were planted to be­gin re­for­esta­tion. The plan is for the plot to be thinned in 2035 and com­pletely har­vested again in 2075.

The sign also es­pouses the ben­e­fits of for­est man­age­ment, such as the cre­ation of new wildlife habi­tat, as dif­fer­ent types of wildlife are at­tracted to for­est of dif­fer­ent ages. It was de­signed by the forestry board, par­tic­u­larly Abend, along with Mid Shore Graph­ics.

“We’ve seen peo­ple stop to read the sign,” Daniels said. “With­out the bud­get the county pro­vides to the forestry board, this kind of ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram would be hard to do.”

In ad­di­tion to this new sign, there are sev­eral smaller signs with the forestry pro­gram logo “A Cy­cle of Re­newal” to mark those for­est ar­eas that are man­aged plots.

Abend and Daniels stressed that ed­u­cat­ing the area res­i­dents about forestry is es­pe­cially im­por­tant be­cause it is the county’s third lead­ing in­dus­try.

To ed­u­cate young peo­ple, the board goes to area el­e­men­tary schools to present in­for­ma­tion to stu­dents and in­vite them to par­tic­i­pate in the board’s an­nual poster con­test. They also spon­sor one high school stu­dent each sum­mer to at­tend the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Ca­reers Camp, a week­long ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram led by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als that en­cour­ages stu­dents to seek a ca­reer in nat­u­ral re­sources.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Dorch­ester County Forestry Board posted a new sign on Church Creek Road, across from Emily’s Pro­duce, to pro­mote forestry ed­u­ca­tion. The sign lists the timeline of the for­est from the most re­cent har­vest in late 2015 to its next har­vest in 2075.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Dorch­ester County Forestry Board posted a new sign on Church Creek Road, across from Emily’s Pro­duce, to pro­mote forestry ed­u­ca­tion. The sign lists the timeline of the for­est from the most re­cent har­vest in late 2015 to its next har­vest in 2075.

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