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  • The Conservancy’s Deborah Landau and Dave Ray are overseeing a thinning project designed to kickstart the restoration of 150 acres of forest at Nassawango Creek Preserve.
  • The Conservancy helped acquire portions of adjoining state lands where complementary forest management is taking place.
  • The Eures, a third-generation logging family, are thinning former pine plantations to make way for a more natural and diverse forest.
  • At the logging deck, Frankie Eure trims, sorts and loads pines dragged in by his wife and skidder driver Donna.
  • Donna and Frankie Eure strap down a load of logs before breaking for a quick lunch.
  • A project map spread across the Eures’ truck shows the complexity of the thinning plan.
  • In the next phase, prescribed burns will be conducted to stimulate grasses, wildflowers and other native plants.
  • This previously cleared wet meadow responded to clearing and burning by producing dozens of rarely seen wildflowers. Return to story
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Restoration Forestry at Nassawango Creek Preserve

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