The thin snowpack has meant that Team Forestry has been cruising away in the woods. Here are some fun photos from this past week.
Marking a harvest in Westminster, we came upon this old "bumper tree" from a harvest many years ago. As logs jounce along behind a skidder, bumper trees serve to keep them in line and protect other trees. In this case, the damage led to rot which led to insects which led to pileated woodpeckers working away.
There is lots of white pine regeneration under this canopy of white pines on an excellent white pine site in Andover. Next step- thinning the thousands of small pines to let the best grow bigger faster sooner- it is kind of like weeding carrots and will be done by a skilled operator with a brush saw.