Public invited to meeting on forest plan

MANCHESTER — The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a public meeting for anyone interested in learning about the proposed Early Successional Habitat Creation Project.

The goal of the project is to increase the acreage of early successional habitat, or young forest, on the Manchester Ranger District of the Green Mountain National Forest through commercial timber harvests. The meeting is scheduled March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library.

The proposed Early Successional Habitat Creation Project includes activities that will improve habitat for neotropical migrant songbirds and other wildlife species that require early successional habitats. The project is expected to lead to an increase in the acreage of the regenerating age class (0-9 years old) of vegetation, which is a key objective of the Forest Plan.

Proposed project activities would create a series of temporary openings in locations throughout the Manchester Ranger District. Timber harvests would be sited adjacent to each other over multiple time intervals, thus creating a more diverse age class structure and suite of wildlife habitats within a given area. The total length of implementation is fifteen years. The Forest Service is now interested in hearing public input to help further develop the project and address any concerns with the proposal.

Forest Service staff will begin the meeting with a brief introduction about the project followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions, provide input, or raise concerns.

"We are excited about bringing this habitat improvement project to the public, and we hope to work with all interested members of the community as we move forward," said David Francomb, Manchester District Ranger.

For more information, contact Brett Hillman at 802-362-2307 ext. 7217 or by email at


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