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Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Management Updates and Upcoming Activities

 
January 28, 2020 Update:

Year 2 (2018-19) activities outlined in the approved Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan (pdf, 39mb) will begin on or about February 17, 2020. Only young forest restoration in Stand 8 will be implemented. Forestry activities scheduled for Year 2 in Stand 21 will not be implemented.

2020 PLANNED ACTIVITY

Stand 8 Young Forest Restoration: The Division continues to work with NJ Highlands Coalition and Friends of Sparta Mountain/NJ Forest Watch while still meeting the objective to restore young oak-hickory forest. To meet these objectives, we will be 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. Approximately 9.1 acres will be treated.

Stand 8 Practice Plan and Maps (pdf, 6.0mb)

PREVIOUS UPDATES

2019 PLANNED/COMPLETED ACTIVITY

Stand 18 Young Forest Restoration: The Division has been working alongside NJ Highlands Coalition and Friends of Sparta Mountain/NJ Forest Watch to modify this project while still meeting the objective to restore young oak-hickory forest. To meet these objectives, we will be 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. Approximately 9.4 acres within a 12.2-acre area will be treated.

Stand 18 Practice Plan, Revised - Updated 02/04/19 (pdf, 125kb)
Location Maps - Revised 02/04/19 (pdf, 3.9mb)

2018 PLANNED/COMPLETED ACTIVITY

Stand 33 Restore Old Growth Structure: The management objective is to accelerate old growth attributes within a forest type that is better suited to developing a climax forest. This is accomplished through a process known as "gap-phase replacement", which mimics the natural processes of an old-growth forest. Through the creation of small canopy gaps and growth of younger cohorts of shade-tolerant trees, this stand will contain three or more age classes at any given time. Approximately 17 acres.

Activity Description and Treatment Maps - Updated 11/13/18 (pdf, 855kb)
Location Map - Revised 9/28/18

Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan (pdf, 39mb)

Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan Implementation
Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan Homepage

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Last Updated: January 29, 2020