What Hastings Is Doing
The Urban Silviculture Research Project
A team of National Forest Service scientists have identified two areas in Hillside Woods for an oak regeneration study that looks at oak suitability as a canopy gap filler in urban forests. The research work provides fencing, seedlings, planting and maintenance and will result in two 20m² stands of white oak trees. Lucky us! Work will begin in spring of 2023. Read the full proposal here.
Hastings established the Hillside Woods Restoration Project in 2018. → Click for more info and a history of the project.
HWRP welcomes volunteers and we train! Learn about the woods and enjoy some camaraderie
Project streams: invasive removal & replanting data, trail work to date, plus what's next
Next steps include crunching the data from our tree survey to manage invasive trees; exclosing a demonstration site in which to remove invasives and replant; and exclosing as much as the park as possible with fencing, once state and county funding comes through; followed by removing more invasives and more replanting.