Dartmouth, MA 02747
Join the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust on Saturday, November 18 at 9 a.m. for a walk in Gidley Woods with certified forester Phil Benjamin of Benjamin Forestry Services. You’ll see how the woods have been marked for sustainable improvement thinning that will benefit both the forest as well as much of the wildlife in the area.
Prior to Saturday’s walk, join Phil for a talk at the DNRT Center at Helfand Farm on Thursday, November 16 about the importance and value of forest management and a brief presentation on the silviculture activities planned for Gidley Woods this winter.
The Gidley Farm and associated woodland has been in the continuous ownership of a single family since the 1600s. The current woodlands have been under active forest management since the mid-1970s, resulting in the beautiful forest that continues to welcome visitors to the property. The forest is now ready for the next phase of management, which will focus on enhancing the health, productivity, and biological diversity of the woodlands. Management techniques include removing living trees to improve the growing conditions of other young, developing trees, as well as removing many trees that have died as a result of repeated insect defoliations.