West Hartford Reservoir owned by the MDC
An Exploration by Veronica DiSarro
|The MDC's forest management role|
The MDC has been involved in a forestry program since 1947. Because of this program, the MDC is a member of the American Tree Farm System, which is sponsored by the American Forest Foundation to encourage good forestry practices.
Through these forestry practices, management of natural resources occurs. Natural resources management plays a key role in the Municipal Watershed. The most important thing it does is controls delivery of the highest quality water through routine inspections. These inspections are for contamination, sampling of reservoirs and tributaries to reservoirs to detectpollution, and protection of the forest from diseases, insects and wildfires.
One more important role is increasing water yield through forest cutting practices. One way to increase the water yield is to remove species that use water. Another reason for forest cutting is to decrease tree density and again reduces water demand. This falls into the forestry program.
This program also attempts to maintain trees in many age, size and species classes. Through natural calamity such as fire, wind, insects and disease, maintenance is accomplished. This would also take us into primary and secondary succession. An additional plus is how it helps many animals and even predators which depend on a different age and species of tree, and therefore the forestry program, for their survival.
Submitted to and posted by Anthony Benoit
July 30, 2002
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