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Restoration Forestry at Nassawango Creek Preserve

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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