Photos by the Trustees Conservation Restriction Stewardship Director Sally Naser

Initiated in 2018 with assistance from MassWildlife, forestry work at the northernmost reaches of Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area has concluded. Here’s a quick rundown on how harvesting timber at Dunham’s Brook has improved forest health:



The Dunham’s Brook property was hit very hard by gypsy moth caterpillar with fifty to eighty percent mortality in some areas–specifically the central upland red oak stand. The goals for the operation were to: 1) reduce the danger of windfall for people walking the trails; and 2) to reduce the amount of downed woody debris clogging up the area to allow for better regeneration of the stand. 

Rupert Grantham

Consulting Forester, Walden Forest Conservation