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Forest Mulching at Oak Mountain State Park Begins in July

July 03, 2007

The Alabama State Parks Division will implement a forest mulching project at OakMountainState Park in July 2007. The project will consist of forest mulching nine linear zones consisting of 14-plus acres of sweetgum, pine and damaged timber that is decaying on the ground. Forest mulching will remove saplings and mid-story canopies in areas that are crowding out or stunting the growth of other species beneficial to wildlife, wildlife viewing and aesthetics. This process will allow more sunlight to reach the ground, creating more positive growing conditions for plants. Additionally, the Parks Division will replant these zones with fruit/nut-bearing trees and establish grasses on a rotating basis to benefit small mammals and birds.
Forest mulching/grinding is a relatively new concept in the Southeast. The end product provides for a more productive soil base and makes the land more pleasing to the eye.
For more information, contact Forrest Bailey, Natural Resources Planner at 334-242-3901 or 334-850-4331.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, StateLands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

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