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October 18, 2017

DuPont State Recreational Forest planning timber harvest

DuPont State Recreational Forest will conduct a seed tree harvest on 15 acres of white pine plantation along Tarklin Branch Road.

The harvest is planned to begin this week, though the time period for the work is dependent on the weather.

Visitors to the forest need to be aware that there will be some periodic closures of Tarkiln Branch Road throughout the operation. Forestry equipment will be operating in the woods and on the eastern end of Tarkiln Branch Road.

The 15-acre seed tree harvest is being conducted to increase the diversity and age of the forest.

This is being conducted using the seed tree technique, approximately three-to-five trees per acre will be retained to provide seed to regenerate this area. The project will provide a demonstration of a harvesting option for landowners interested in harvesting timber without completely clearing a site.

The entire DuPont State Forest Land & Resource Management Plan, as well as maps of the Dedicated Nature Preserve, can be found at http://ncforestservice.gov.

For up-to-date information on trail closures or safety alerts, visit the N.C. Forest Service Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCForestService, follow on twitter at twitter.com/ncforestservice, email dupontsf.ncfs@ncagr.gov or call 828-877-6527, ext. 205.

DuPont staff will also be updating kiosks within the forest as harvest continues.

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