可靠的网堵平台大约拥有1个.200万英亩 in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The climate in this region varies: Summers are generally humid across our ownership, while the most northern states experience deep winter snows and more pronounced seasons overall.  

The geology of the region is dictated by glacial advances 25,000 years ago. 表的冰, 数千英尺厚, 覆盖着最高的山峰, and rock debris in the base of the glacier scraped the bedrock as it moved. 随着冰川的消退, depressions left in the Earth’s crust were flooded by the sea, creating major river valleys such as the Kennebec and Androscoggin in Maine.  

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森林管理

Our forests in this region are extremely diverse, supporting temperate broadleaf hardwoods and mixed conifer species, 包括美国山毛榉, 香脂冷杉, 桦木, 雪松, 樱桃, 铁杉, 枫木, 橡木, 红松木, 云杉和白松. Regeneration after harvesting is abundant and predominantly natural, meaning we rely on the native seeds for reforestation, and we supplement with direct planting of seedlings where appropriate. We primarily use mechanized harvesting techniques and machinery, such as cut-to-length and feller bunchers, 但在需要的地方也要依靠人手.  

环境管理 

Our environmental stewardship in these northern forests is shaped by responsible forest management, the geography of our ownership and past land management practices. Our forest management plans address biodiversity in line with state and federal environmental laws, collaborative projects with a variety of stakeholders, and practices that support sustainable forestry.   

We create a diverse stand structure while conserving special habitat features such as snags (standing dead trees), down wood (dead trees on the ground) and legacy trees (large-diameter live trees). Streamside management zones protect water resources and riparian areas, and address special sites for federal- and state-listed or globally imperiled species and natural plant communities.   

特殊管理的区域, 如400多家,000 acres protected under conservation easements in Maine and more than 86,佛蒙特州的000英亩土地, provide additional conservation and public value for biodiversity, 休闲与自然美学. These areas also provide habitat for important game species such as white-tailed deer, 驼鹿, 糙皮松鸡和美洲山鹬. Other key habitats protected in our forests are vernal pools, which support many species of amphibians, and our young regenerating coniferous forests provide winter habitat for the snowshoe hare, which is prey for the federally threatened 加拿大 lynx.     

研究和伙伴关系

可持续地管理可靠的网堵平台的森林, it is important we continue to learn about how our activities affect both the forest ecosystem and surrounding communities. We collaborate frequently with private conservation organizations, 大学, and state and federal wildlife agencies on research and monitoring projects that help ensure our practices are consistent with the best available science.   

Three of our recent projects involve songbird habitat in West Virginia, a winter deer habitat agreement and creating enhanced habitat for brook trout.  

Enhancing songbird habitat in West Virginia

Songbird

图片由Liz Stout提供

可靠的网堵平台是 partnering with the 可持续的林业 Initiative and other landowners on a project focusing on three at-risk bird species: golden-winged warbler, 天蓝色的莺和画眉. 

Protecting shelter for white-tailed deer

白尾鹿

We signed a Winter Deer Habitat Agreement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to protect and manage conifer stands that shelter herds of white-tailed deer. 

Teaming up to enhance brook trout habitat

溪红点鲑

We teamed with the West Virginia 保护 Agency, Maine Forest Service and Trout Unlimited in Vermont to enhance habitat for eastern brook trout by increasing in-stream structures and development of pools.