Removal of Trees at Pine Park

Update for the week beginning Feb. 18, 2019

Removal of Trees at Pine Park

A substantial number of diseased and dead pine trees in the Cathedral area of Pine Park will be removed to prevent the spread of disease to other trees and reduce the risk of accidents on the hiking trails. Some trees that are currently healthy, but have small crowns and thus don't get enough sun to be viable for more than four to five years, will also be removed. Work begins Jan. 28 and should take three to four weeks to complete.

Tree damage was brought to the attention of Dartmouth Arborist Brian Beaty who contacted Kyle Lombard, the Forest Health Program Coordinator with the NH Division of Forests and Lands. It was determined that affected trees are infected with Rhizosphaeara needle cast, a common fungal disease that impacts conifers, such as spruce, Douglas fir, western hemlock, and eastern white pine. One of the major factors that leads to this condition is the high density of large even-aged pine trees. The dense competition for sunlight creates small crowns and can leave the trees in poor health.

Pine Park is located just north of the Dartmouth campus, and accessed through the Hanover Country Club, off Rope Ferry and Occom Ridge roads. The park is owned by the Pine Park Association, with shared responsibility for management of the park by the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College.

Questions or concerns about this project may be directed to Work Control

What's Happening

  • Cutting of selected trees is complete. The removal of trees using logging skidders will continue through the middle of this week.
  • The parking area across from the DOC House will be the staging area for trees to be removed from the forest and either chipped or placed onto logging trucks for removal to a biomass facility or mill. 

What to Expect

  • Signage and barricades will be erected as needed. 
  • Beginning Jan. 28 and for the duration of the project, no parking will be available along Hilton Field Lane or in the College-owned parking lot across from the DOC House.
  • The sledding hill and trail system along the west side of Pine Park—Cathedral Aisle, River Front, and Esker trails—will remained closed to the public for the duration of the project. The trail adjacent to Girl Brook will remain open.
  • Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Larger trucks and other loud equipment will start no earlier than 8 a.m.
  • Noise from the chipper will be audible to nearby residents. The chipper will be located in the parking area across from the DOC House.
  • Logging trucks will exit the site from Hilton Field Lane to Rope Ferry Road, Maynard Street, North College Street, North Park Street, and out Route 120 to Interstate 89.