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Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Release Date: February 02, 2018


Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Year 1 (2018) Activities

 

  1. Stand 33 Restore Old Growth Structure
  • Size: Approximately 17 acres
  • Location: SMWMA, south side of State Highway 23, Hardyston Township
  • Access: State Highway 23, Hardyston Township
  • Equipment to be used: Chainsaws or hatchets only, no heavy equipment
  • Objective: To accelerate old growth attributes through a process known as "gap-phase replacement", which mimics the natural processes of an old-growth forest.
  • Start Date: On or about February 14, 2018.
  • Duration: All cutting will cease prior to April 1, 2018 but may resume after November 15, 2018. 

 

  1. Stand 18  Young Forest Restoration
  • Size: Approximately 18.5 acres
  • Location: SMWMA, north of powerline, Hardyston Township
  • Access: Existing powerline access road with gravel bed on north side of Edison Road, Sparta Township
  • Equipment to be used: Heavy equipment - all vehicle operators are aware of and will be in compliance of the DOT weight requirements for the roads they travel
  • Objective: To restore young oak-hickory forest by opening the canopy to allow for the growth of young oak and hickory trees, blackberries, sedges, and a variety of other shrubs and sapling species, thus creating breeding and/or foraging habitat for more than 60 different bird species, including the endangered Golden-winged Warbler. 
  • Start Date: On or about February 14, 2018.
  • Duration: All cutting will cease prior to April 1, 2018 but may resume after November 15, 2018. 

 

Click here to view the offical DEP document concerning stand 18

Click here to view the offical DEP document concerning stand 33



 




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