Tag Archives: managed forest plan

COMPARTMENTS REDUX

19 Jul

This is a re-issue of a post from last September. Since we are in the home stretch of getting a plan together and we’ve hired a forestry consultant, I thought it might be of interest to those of you who are following the property forest and wildlife management efforts.

One of the requirements of the Managed Forest Plan (MFP) is to divide the map of the property into separate COMPARTMENTS. For the purposes of nature and wildlife management, areas on the property that have different characteristics should be treated separately. An individual compartment should have similar vegetation, soil and topography and be uniform in species composition, condition and age so they can be distinguished from adjacent compartments.

Our property seems to have every possible type of cover. My initial stab at dividing the property is on this map (crude, but remember, I’m at the cottage without any major tech tools)

MAP sept 14 COMPARTMENTS

This isn’t written in stone – I have one more day here and may change some boundaries.

CONIFEROUS FOREST – this could also be considered a plantation.

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OPEN FIELD AND SCRUB

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MIXED FOREST

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MARSH – this is the beaver pond area

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BOG OR FEN? This is the area some call the turtle pond

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We’ve got everything!

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September 13 – Mapping

23 Sep

The dawn breaks to still more rain, but through the grey and clouds I see a break that I hope will hold.  Last night Sydney and I were awakened by a gnawing or scratching noise.  It sounded like something was trying to chew its way in!  I put on my big boots, grabbed the flashlight, made Sydney stay inside and out I went to confront… nothing.  I looked high and low but there was no sign of any animal or disturbance.  So we both went back to bed and lay awake listening intently.  There it is again!  I ran outside..nothing.  I have no idea what the noise was.  I hope it doesn’t continue tonight.

My plan to walk the property to map it was good, if somewhat foolhardy without a compass or a way to return.  Today’s plan is to make forays off the road and back, my homemade map in hand.P1030445

After a review of the MFP guidelines, I see that the map should have the following symbols;

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Here’s what my map looks like after today’s trekking.  The pine forest, some forest types, my area of interest, buildings and some other items added.  Although I haven’t seen them, I added the ponds that Dad had on his map. I’ll see if I can find them this week

.MAP PHOTO UPDATED