The Lyme Timber Company and Three Rivers Forest Management are hosting a Forestry Summer Series that focuses on Lyme’s investments in timberland and related businesses in the region, approaches to forest management and conservation strategies in the region.
Over the past two years, Lyme has purchased approximately 57,000 acres in McKean, Potter and Cameron counties. Last summer, Lyme granted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources a working forest conservation easement on approximately 9,200 acres of the Sterling Run tract in Cameron County.
Working forest conservation easements maintain traditional uses of the forest by restricting development and subdivision, allowing public recreational access, and requiring sustainable forestry practices in perpetuity. Lands that are subject to the easements remain in private hands and on the local property tax rolls. In coming years, Lyme hopes to sell conservation easements on additional portions of its timberland while continuing to manage the land for sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, and recreational use.
The Forestry Summer Series is intended for the public and introduces all aspects of Lyme’s business model, including forest management, silviculture (the growing and cultivation of trees), conservation strategies, acid mine drainage remediation, harvest operations, log marketing and sawmilling.
Monday, July 22 — 3 to 5 p.m.
Harvesting and Log Markets (Potter County)
Paul Buchsen (President, Northern Appalachian Log and Forestry) will lead a tour of the Northern Appalachian log sort yard and discuss hardwood log markets in the US and overseas. Jim Hourdequin (CEO, Lyme Timber) will lead a visit to an active timber harvesting job on Lyme lands and discuss cut-to-length and other mechanized harvesting systems on Lyme lands.
Meeting location: Northern Appalachian Log & Forestry yard (301 Old Colesburg Road, Coudersport, PA), located along PA Route 44, 1.2 miles north of US Route 6 in Coudersport.
Monday, Aug. 5 — 3-5 p.m.
Sawmilling and Lumber (Cameron County)
Ed Weiner (Mill Manager, Emporium Hardwoods) will lead a tour of the newly rebuilt Emporium Hardwoods sawmill. Participants will be guided through the log yard, sawmill, and dry kiln operation. Representatives from Lyme will discuss Lyme’s recent significant, minority investment in the mill.
Meeting location: Emporium Hardwoods sawmill, located along PA Route 120, 0.5 miles south of the PA Route 155 intersection on the east side of Emporium.