For those of you who were at the Silvopasture Conference in Latham in January you may remember that Ross Hackerson and I talked about a planned silvopasture project at his farm in Huntington, MA and also the difficulties in getting the project underway. I am happy to say that the project finally got underway 2 weeks ago after being in the planning stages for some time.
The plan is to utilize mechanized logging equipment [Valmet harvester and forwarder] to carry out the harvest. Slash/tops will be concentrated in 'slash roads' spaced every 100'.
This is an idea of what his forest looks like in that area. We will be working on somewhere between 25 and 40 acres.
This is a photo of one of the 'fresh' slash roads. Not a lot of material left in it. The hemlock is being utilized for sawlogs and pulp. Taking the pulp out down to 4" in diameter helps in keep a lot of material out of the slash roads. The forwarder will follow the harvester down these slash roads and pick up the forest products and carry them out to the landing area
The hardwood trees left are mostly black birch and red oak with some scattered hard maple. Hemlock wooly adelgid is in the area so we are removing all of the hemlock.
Lots of bare ground and lots of sun.
So far we are pleased with the results. More photos to come as the project develops.