(Harrison, ME) Loon Echo Land Trust is the proud owner & steward of 5,000 acres of
land in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine, all conserved for future generations to enjoy. With that ownership comes a huge amount of responsibility to leave the land better than we found it by enhancing plant and animal habitat, and protecting our precious waters. Timber management plays an important role in meeting these management goals. Under the direction of consulting foresters at Integrated Forest Management, Loon Echo has approved a small forestry operation at the 70-acre Woodsum Brook parcel in Harrison.
The goals for this harvest are simple: create more structural and species diversity resulting in a more resilient forest, improve animal habitat by introducing more sunlight & allow for new young trees to grow (which leads to lots of new browsing opportunities), and enhance recreation opportunities like hunting and fishing. This operation is a cut to length style, which means all the tops and brush of the harvested trees will be left on site to create new habitat, feed the next generation of trees, and provide erosion control.
Please contact LELT Stewardship Manager Jon Evans if you would like to learn more about the role of forestry in responsible land management.