How will the managed forest address these problems?
  • First, optimum space will be left between trees to give them plenty of light and room to grow. Wider spacing will improve the health of the individual trees and of the entire stand, reducing the risk of pine beetle infestations and parasite outbreaks.
  • Second, wider spacing between trees will reduce premature limb loss and tree death. With healthier trees and fewer dead limbs, there will be less fuel on the forest floor, reducing the risk of wildfire.
  • Third, trees will be planted at optimum spacing and thinned periodically to keep the canopy open. The mixture of sun and shade will allow healthy ground vegetation to thrive, providing food and shelter for a wider variety of animals such as ground-nesting birds.
  • Fourth, A 15-20 year rotation will be established among the pine stands, allowing visitors in the future to see 60 years’ worth of succession – and the variety of plant and animal life that each stage engenders – in the space of a few acres.

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1. Why create a managed forest at Sandy Creek Nature Center?
2. How much of the nature center will be used for the managed forest?
3. Where will the managed forest be located?
4. Will the managed forest be all pine?
5. What is the history of this part of the property?
6. The land is already forested, why not leave it as is?
7. How will the managed forest address these problems?
8. Won’t letting more sunlight reach the ground create a lot of underbrush?
9. Are controlled burns safe?
10. Is clear-cutting part of the managed forest plan?
11. How are the other sites managed?
12. When does work start?
13. Is clearing and thinning the best way to create the managed forest?
14. How will you keep the Nature Center looking attractive?
15. Will the activity affect any rare or endangered species?
16. What will you do to eradicate invasive species?
17. How will you pay for it?
18. Do you have support from the community and forestry experts?
19. Is there an approval process?
20. How can I learn more?