Action Alert
 
 
 
 
New Jersey Conservation Foundation offers the following clarifications to our earlier Action Alert on the proposed Forest Stewardship Plan for the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area:

The Stewardship Plan describes its proposed “Ten Year Management Schedule” on pages 68-72. Our analysis indicates that over the 10-year period, up to 715 acres will be managed with practices that remove forest canopy, including “seed tree,” which is basically clearcutting with a few trees left standing; “shelterwood,” which is essentially patches or strips of clearcutting; and “single tree selection,” which generally removes the largest, most mature (and most financially valuable) trees in the forest.

The Plan indicates that the following Timber Stands will receive the management described above between 2016 and 2025.
Located approximately from south to north on the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area Stand Map, they are:

Stand 1 and/or 2:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 30 Acres
Stand 7:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
5 - 10 Acres
Stand 8:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 20 Acres
Stand 9:   Shelterwood (strip clearcut)
20 - 60 Acres
Stand 12:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 30 Acres
Stand 18:  Seed Tree (clearcut)

Shelterwood (strip clearcut)
25 - 70 Acres

5 - 10 Acres
Stand 21:  Single Tree Selection (canopy removal)
75 - 145 Acres
Stand 22:  Shelterwood (strip clearcut) and Crown Thinning
20 - 60 Acres
Stand 25:  Single Tree Selection (canopy removal) and Hemlocks group selection

10 - 30 Acres
Stand 27:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 30 Acres
Stand 28:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 30 Acres
Stand 30:  Single Tree Selection (canopy removal) and Hemlocks group selection

30 - 80 Acres
Stand 32:  Seed Tree (clearcut)
10 - 30 Acres
Stand 33:  Single Tree Selection (canopy removal)
25 - 80 Acres
Total Proposed Logging Between 2016 – 2025:
275 - 715 Acres
 
 
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