Friday, February 15, 2008

Ottawa County to Harvest Pines in Parks

Seventy years ago Ottawa County planted red pines on park lands to stablize soils that had been clear cut during the logging era. Now those trees need to be trimmed and thinned.

About 140 acres of red pines north of Pigeon Creek Park in Olive Township will be thinned. Most of the work is on the north side of Stanton Street.

Due to safety, there will be no public access until the work is complete. This is expected to be mid-April.

The pine plantations of the 1930's and 1940's are the typical straight line rows of one species. The current goal of the trimming is to improve the health of the stand and eventually to transform the forest into native communities with more diversity of species. Dead and diseased trees will be removed, and live trees near areas of infected trees will also be harvested.

from the Muskegon Chronicle, "County to trim acres of red pines", by Terry Judd, Feb 14, 2008
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