Timber Harvest Reopens View of Mount Sunapee

A recent timber harvest in Phillips Memorial Preserve has reopened a view of Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee. Phototograph by Bob Brown.

A recent timber harvest in Phillips Memorial Preserve has reopened a view of Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee. Phototograph by Bob Brown.

New London — Thanks to a recent timber harvest, visitors to Phillips Memorial Preserve in Otterville will find something that’s been missing for a while — a look at Mount Sunapee.

“The view had completely grown over, and we wanted to … bring it back,” said Bob Brown, chairman of the New London Conservation Commission, which manages the town-owned land.

The project was carried out according to the property’s stewardship plan. In addition to restoring the view, it was also designed to improve the quality of the forest and wildlife habitat, Brown said.

“We are conservation people, but we are also very aware of the need for good forest management,” he said. “The forest needs a haircut every now and then.”

The harvest, which affected almost a quarter of the 71-acre preserve, generated about $7,000 for New London.

Much of the timber was of low grade and therefore sold as biomass chips, pine pulpwood, and hardwood pulp, but some good quality white pine logs were also harvested, the commission said in a recent news release. “By thinning the pine stands and releasing the red oak trees, it is likely that future timber harvests will realize a higher yield.”

The commission cares for about 30 miles of hiking trails in New London, including the trails in the preserve, Brown said.

This summer, members will reblaze sections affected by the harvest and do some minor sprucing up. “It was a very, very neat job,” he said, but “there is always a little bit of hand cleanup to do.”

Aimee Caruso can be reached at acaruso@vnews.com or 603-727-3210.