Forest Stewardship

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Our Forest Stewardship section provides an introduction to the City's Stewardship Program, as well as detailed information on the properties selected for management.  This "Looking for More...?" page provides supplemental materials that further explain the Program and keep our community informed of the happenings in our forests.  If you're still "Looking for More...", let us know at conservation@cityofhaverhill.com.


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The Haverhill Journal - January 8, 2015
The second segment of this HC Media show recaps the December 13, 2014, public site event hosted by the Forest Management Committee at Winnekenni Castle.  During the event, planning was discussed for selective timber harvesting in the Merrill Trail and Winnekenni Castle sections of the Winnekenni Park Conservation Area.  The event began with a meeting in the Castle, where residents learned more about the planning for these sections of the park.  Residents were able to engage in discussions with the City's forestry consultants and Committee members about these plans and the hemlock salvage project.  The event then entered the woods, where residents were invited to review the new areas proposed for harvesting.  (Posted 01.09.2015; Produced by HC Media; Runtime: 14:28) 

The Haverhill Journal - April 29, 2014
The first segment of this HC Media show discusses an American Chestnut tree planting at Winnekenni Park by local landscaper Adaela McLaughlin and Girl Scouts from Hill View Montessori Charter Public School.  The second segment discusses Thomas Sanders' Birchbrow Estate.  The remains of the estate may be found in the Plug Pond Conservation Area, southeast of Winnekenni Castle.  Birchbrow is identified in the Forest Stewardship Plan for Winnekenni/Plug Pond as a cultural resource to be protected during future forestry activities in that area.  (Posted 05.01.2014; Produced by HC Media; Runtime: 11:39)

An Introduction to Forest Stewardship  
This video follows our narrator, retired forestry professional Jack Jackson, as he explains the benefits of stewardship, touching upon such topics as biodiversity, water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational usage, and forest products.  (Posted 04.22.2014; Produced by HC Media; Runtime: 16:57)

An Introduction to Forest Stewardship
at Winnekenni Park 
This video briefly introduces the viewer to the practice of forest stewardship and incorporates an explanation of the work currently under way at the Winnekenni Park Conservation Area.  (Posted 03.05.2014; Produced by HC Media; Runtime: 4:53)


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"Emerald Ash Borer: How You Can Help"
A pamphlet distributed by the Massachusetts Forest Pest Taskforce to inform citizens and tree care professionals of the impacts caused by this invasive beetle (Posted 12.04.2015)

"Building Local"
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife uses forest products, harvested from its own wildlife management areas, in the construction of its new headquarters in Westborough. (Posted 04.01.2015; Prepared by MassDFW)

"Local Wood Products and You"

A pamphlet produced by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation pertaining to "knowing your wood from the forest to the finished product (Posted 01.26.2015; Prepared by MassDCR; Dated 09.12.2013)

Forest Management Committee 2014 Program Update
This presentation was given at the City Council's December 9, 2014, meeting in response to a communication from City Councillor Thomas J. Sullivan requesting an update on the program.  The presentation identifies the Stewardship Plans approved by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; provides the status of various harvest activities and proposals; and acknowledges a number of community projects that have occurred within the City's forests.  (Posted 12.10.14; Prepared by Robert E. Moore, Jr.; Dated 12.09.14)

Peer Review of the Remaining Hemlock Salvage Work Proposed in Winnekenni Park Conservation Area

The City contracted a Massachusetts-licensed forester to complete a peer review of the remaining hemlock salvage harvest proposed in the Forest Cutting Plan.  The City particularly sought to confirm whether this remaining work aligns with the goals of its Forest Management Committee, namely the healthy preservation, protection, and perpetuation of actively managed forests, with particular focus on water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and renewable resources of timber through the use of proper forest stewardship.  
(Posted 12.10.14; Prepared by Kevin Scherer; Dated Received 12.08.14)

"An Ecological Site Assessment of Tattersall Farm"  (Posted 09.29.2014; Dated May 2013)
"An Ecological Site Assessment of John's Woods"  (Posted 09.29.2014; Dated June 2013)
These assessments were completed by Mass Audubon Ecological Extension Service as part of a 2012 PARC Grant received by the City for improvements at Tattersall Farm.  They focus on making existing and new uses of the property compatible with wildlife habitat.

"Wildlife Habitat Assessments of Haverhill Conservation Area Forests" (links below)
In 2013, The City of Haverhill contracted Mass Audubon's Ecological Extension Service to characterize wildlife habitat and provide management recommendations for the balance of forested lands being studied for stewardship.  The recommendations in this report, combined with those found in the Forest Stewardship Plans for individual areas, will be used to guide the preparations of future Forest Cutting Plans.  (Posted 04.28.2014; Prepared by Mass Audubon Ecological Extension Service; Dated Summer 2013)
"Recommendations to Improve & Enhance Wildlife Habitat at Clement Farm"
In 2012, The City of Haverhill contracted Mass Audubon's Ecological Extension Service to characterize wildlife habitat and provide management recommendations on the Clement Farm Conservation Area.  The recommendations in this report, combined with those found in the Forest Stewardship Plan, helped guide the preparation of the Forest Cutting Plan that was implemented on this property in 2013.  (Posted 04.28.2014; Prepared by Mass Audubon Ecological Extension Service; dated July 7, 2012)

"100,000 Acres of New Conservation Land and 150 New Parks: A Legacy for the Next Generation"  
This report from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs highlights the recent efforts of the Commonwealth to conserve land and develop parks across Massachusetts.  Readers learn about the acquisitions, grants, conservation restrictions, working farm and forest covenants and agreements that have led, for the first time, to the protection of more open space than developed land in the Commonwealth.  The report particularly acknowledges the City of Haverhill and the efforts of its Forest Management Committee in helping to achieve this goal. (Posted 04.23.2014; Published by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs)

A Letter to the Eagle Tribune Editor
This letter was sent in response to recent comments, pertaining to the work currently under way at the Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, that were run in the Tribune's Op-Ed section. (Posted 03.06.2014; Written by the Forest Management Committee)

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Handout
This handout was used during the October 5, 2013, Public Site Walk conducted as part of the Forest Cutting Plan preparation for the work currently under way at the Winnekenni Park Conservation Area.  The handout shows four HWA-related photos.  (Posted 03.06.2014; Prepared by the Forest Management Committee)


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