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.
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.