Jim O’Donnell gives directions to hikers in the Fairlee Town Forest. Photo by Dave Matthews 10/7/12
Photo taken of the blow down in the Town Forest. Drone photo taken by Peter Guest 9/25/14.
Ernest Kling and Peter Lange headed up to Baldtop to check the clearing project. Photo by Dave Matthews 8/12/14.
2 of 3 apple trees released by the clearing of Baldtop. Photo by Dave Matthews 8/12/14
Sign installed on Knox Road at the edge of the Town Forest. Photo by Dave Matthews 9/30/14
The Westshire School students at the Brushwood Road log landing. Photo by Dave Matthews 10/10/14
The view of Ascutney Mountain from the Brushwood logging road. Photo by Dave Matthews 10/10/14
Ernest Kling and Dave Mattews on the East side of the Baldtop clearing project when one third had been cleared. Photo by Dave Matthews 8/12/14
On Baldtop looking West before clearing. Clifton Taylor, Peter Lange, Ernest Kling, Markus Bradley and Jim O’Donnell. Photo by Dave Matthews 7/17/14
Jim O’Donnell and Marcus Bradley discuss the Baldtop road repair. Photo by Dave Matthews 7/17/14
Ernest Kling and Peter Lange putting in a culvert on the Baldtop Road. Photo by Dave Matthews 7/17/14
Discussing a one acre clear cut near Baldtop. Peter Lange, Ernest Kling, Markus Bradley and Clifton Taylor. Photo by Dave Matthews 7/17/14.
Blue heron nests in the wetlands rookery. Photo by Dave Matthews 7/11/13.
Peter Lange, Terry Lewis and Jim O’Donnell on the Knox Road landing. Photo by Dave Matthews 6/19/14.
Harvest discussion with Terry Lewis, Jim O’Donnell, Mike Scott and Markus Bradley. Photo by Dave Matthews 5/22/13.
Looking at Mount Moosilauke from Baldtop. Photo by Peter Lange 2/28/15
Approaching Baldtop from West. Photo by Peter Lange 2/28/15
Baldtop clearing looking North. Photo by Peter Lange 2/28/15.
Roxanne Mathews prepares the 21 chestnut trees that she and her husband David Mathews picked up at the Jericho Research Forest.
Roxanne Mathews and Andrea Urbano from Redstart Forestry explain the planting process to a photographer from the Valley News.
Dr. Brown taking a picture of his students from Rivendell High School that participated in the Chestnut Planting Project. At the right, in the photo, is Markus Bradley with David and Roxanne Mathews.
Chestnut trees being planted at Chestnut Landing in the Fairlee Town Forest.
Markus Bradley demonstrates the proper way to dig in rocky and difficult soil to Rivendell students. Markus is our forestry expert from Redstart Forestry. He organized and spearheaded the project.
Students from Rivendell preparing to plant a chestnut tree.
Andrea Urbano is explaining how each tree is tagged digitally for the site so that it can be found with GPS and studied. Data will be collected for the viability of the chestnut strain.
Markus is making sure all the tools are accounted for and back to their rightful owners at the end of the planting.
A chestnut tree on May 18th, 2016. All the trees survived and are thriving. David Mathews budgeted for Driwater containers to keep moisture on the plants. Tubes, stakes and fencing to protect the young trees from hungry animals. Weed mats to keep the soil moist, cool and weed free. Tape and soil staples to keep the mats, wire and tubes in place.
Jim O’Donnell walks up where the road to Baldtop used to be. The riverbed can be seen off to the left. All the road and soil is washed away down to the bedrock from the beaver dam that broke upstream the day before.
David Mathews takes a photo of the dam damage part way up the Baldtop road by Chestnut Landing. The Culvert was plugged and then the rushing water completely took out the road. A landowner described it as a train roaring through his back yard. In the photo from the left is Ernst Kling (logger), FFB member Peter Lange, town manager Brian Hansen, FFB member Terry Lewis, and FFB member Jim O’Donnell. Peter Ackerman was also present but is out of the photograph.
Markus Bradley, David Mathews and Redstart intern on Baldtop September 9th, 2016 to treat invasive plant species that could flourish after the peak was opened up the previous year.
Markus and an intern from Redstart Forestry spraying the invasive plants on Baldtop. The town has contracted with Redstart Forestry to treat the invasives on Baldtop. $1,500.00 to treat five acres over a 2-year period.
More lunch shots, American Chestnut Tree release and measuring in the Fairlee Town Forest