Pretreatment data has recently been collected and silvicultural treatments are anticipated to start in 2024. Tree marking and timber sale expected to be completed by summer of 2024. Harvesting expected to be completed winter 2024-25.
Following treatment, monitoring will assess the efficacy of the treatments and the health of the forest. Project participants identified several monitoring items that could help inform future management, such as:
- Regeneration of native and novel seedlings, particularly oak species
- Invasive insects and pathogens such as spongy moth or phytoptera
- Microclimate and soil conditions
- Wildlife habitat
Monitoring will be conducted years 1, 3, 5 and 10 post treatment installation and will include overstory and understory vegetation monitoring, microclimate and light gradients, including hemispherical photography.
Progress & Next Steps:
Each of the adaptation treatments will be replicated 4 times across a 400-acre (160-hectare) area on the Robinson Forest. Pretreatment data has recently been collected and silvicultural treatments are anticipated to start in 2024.