Forest Plan Implementation
The Green Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (called the Forest Plan) was signed in February of 2006. The role of the Soil and Water Specialists in implementation of this Plan is to:
- Implement Watershed Improvement projects that work toward Forest Plan goals and objectives.
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- Advise the leaders of other resource projects on how to best protect and/or restore the soil and water resources on the Forest.
- In 2006 soil compaction was measured on skid trails in a harvested unit of the North Half Overstory Removal Sale, using a hand-held penetrometer. Compaction was found to be limited to the skid roads. Most tree harvesting on the Green Mountain National Forest is done in winter, when there is a thick blanket of snow. The snow protects the soil from compaction, rutting and erosion.
- Due to good erosion control practices and adequate soil moisture conditions in harvest areas, most skid roads revegetate fully within one to three years.
- Caption: Following harvest, this fellow made use of a small wet spot on a skid road.