The Town of Southington has announced that the harvesting of trees at Crescent Lake will begin the week of Nov. 9. A portion of the forest south of the parking lot is marked to delineate a harvest area. Trees that have distinctive blue paint markings on them outside of blazed trail areas are intended to be removed.
Two log landing areas adjacent to Shuttle Meadow Road will be established.
The 200-acre Crescent Lake property is an actively managed multi-use area, and it holds the designation of being the state’s first community forest to receive the Connecticut Grown product label in recognition of promoting sustainable forest management.
The recently completed Forest Management Plan prepared by the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends the periodic harvesting of trees as part of such management. Trees are harvested to promote overall forest health, enhance wildlife habitat, and to produce forest products.
In addition to the harvesting of trees, this area will be re-treated in the spring using best management practices to reduce the number of invasive, non-native plant species.
For more information on this project, contact David Lavallee, Assistant Town Planner for the Town of Southington at (860)-276-6203.