- Created: Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:50
Work in City Forest to provide space for cemetery expansionBy Dan Davis of The Daily Jeffersonian Published October 3, 2017
The harvesting of trees currently under way in the City Forest is the culmination of a project dating back several years.
Proposed a few years ago by Paul Sherry, City Engineer for the City of Cambridge at the time, goals of the Woodland Stewardship Management Plan, dated March 29, 2012, include: To maintain and improve the woodland known as the Cambridge City Forest; to grow tree species providing several benefits such as water quality, soil stabilization, wildlife food production and timber production; to select tree species best suited to the soil and site’s capabilities; leave the woodland in better condition for future generations; and to “employ cultural treatments on the better woodland sites and thus shorten the time period necessary to produce a high-quality sawlog or veneer product.”
The City Forest encompasses 78 acres. Between 1956 and 1959, 29,500 pine trees of five varieties (20,000 white pine being the most numerous) and 500 hardwood trees were planted in the area bounded by Northwood Cemetery and North Eighth Street to the north, west and south and Wills Creek to the east.
Some light thinning of the trees was performed during the 1960s and 1970s, but in the estimation of project consultant Jeremy R. Scherf of the Ohio Division of Forestry, thinning of the approximately 25 acres of remaining pine trees would be difficult to perform without loss of remaining trees during high wind events.
The forest was subsequently sectioned into six areas, each with a management recommendation from Scherf. The plan provided a general description of the health of the City Forest as good and vigorous overall. A portion of the forest will be cleared, making expansion of Northwood Cemetery possible by adding no less than five acres of land. That work is currently under way by Hochstetler Milling LTD/ Roger Perkins Logging LLC. The harvest will include pine and adjacent hardwoods. Following the harvest, the space will stand vacant of trees for at least a year before the planting of new trees begins, based on a recommendation from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The city will reportedly apply a portion of revenue from the harvest toward future forest management activities and planting of trees.
Tom Perkins of Roger Perkins Logging, operates a machine that not only cuts trees but also slices them into sections in a matter of seconds. The work of removing most trees in the City Forest along North Eighth Street will take about a month and a half according to David Perkins, also of the company. Michael Neilson/The Daily Jeffersonian