Forestry Summer Series for residents of McKean, Potter, Cameron, and surrounding counties
Please join The Lyme Timber Company and Three Rivers Forest Management for a forestry summer series that will focus on Lyme’s investments in timberland and related businesses in the region, approaches to forest management, and conservation strategies.
Over the past two years, Lyme has purchased approximately 57,000 acres in McKean, Potter, and Cameron counties. In the summer of 2018, Lyme granted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) 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. To help us plan, we ask that you RSVP to Lisa Olszak Zumstein: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send voice message or text to (724) 679-9261. More information about this event can be found at: www.threeriversforest.com.
Monday, July 8 – 3:00 to 5:00pm
Forestry and Restoration (McKean County)
David Andrus (General Manager, Three Rivers Forest Management) and Sean Ross (Director of Forestry Operations, Lyme Timber) will lead a tour of a recent harvest and discuss practices that promote forest productivity, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat. The tour will also include a visit to a site where the McKean County Conservation district is performing acid mine drainage remediation work.
Entrance to Open Flow Gas (192 Colegrove Brook Road, Crosby, PA), located along PA Route 46, 5.9 miles south of US Route 6 in Smethport.
Monday, July 22 – 3:00 to 5:00pm
Harvesting and Log Markets (Potter County)
Paul Buchsen (President, Northern Appalachian Log & 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.
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, August 5 – 3:00 to 5:00pm
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.
Emporium Hardwoods sawmill, located along PA Route 120, 0.5 miles south of the PA Route 155 intersection on the east side of Emporium.