Andrews Community Forest Update
by Ethan Tapper
While the weather is slowing us down, we’ve been able to make this process, and logs are starting to pile up on the “log landing.” A log landing, also called a “landing,” “log yard” or “header” is generally an open flat area, accessible by log trucks. On the landing, trees are cut into different products – in the case of Andrews, we’ll be cutting firewood and “sawlogs.” Sawlogs are shorter sections of logs which are large in diameter and have fewer defects, like knot holes. Hardwood sawlogs (from deciduous trees) get sawn into boards and turned into flooring, furniture, trim, cabinets and more. Softwood sawlogs (from coniferous/evergreen trees – at Andrews mostly white pine and hemlock) usually get sawn into dimensional lumber, for building materials.
This Tuesday evening, join us for another free, public virtual event highlighting the work at Andrews. This one will be in partnership with Audubon Vermont, and will focus on managing forests, in particular the ACF, for rich, diverse bird habitat.
Last week, I posted another short update video on my YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more video updates and recordings of the virtual events we do about the work at the ACF on the Andrews Community Forest playlist on the Chittenden County Forester YouTube channel, including a recording of our most recent event on managing forests with Emerald Ash Borer in mind.
You can also listen to Andrea Shortsleeve of VT Fish and Wildlife and myself being interviewed about the project at the ACF through the lens of wildlife habitat on WDEV’s The Dave Gram Show.
Follow along throughout the project on Front Porch Forum, ACF’s Facebook page, by joining my email list (send an email to email@example.com to join) and attending some of the many virtual events from our upcoming events series this fall.