Flatrock Mountain Demonstration Forest
Located just five miles from the NELA Headquarters and the Forest Industries Exhibit Hall, this newly acquired property is ideal for sharing the benefits of sustainable forest management and responsible stewardship with a great number of people.
As resources allow, NELA will construct a visitor interpretive center that would feature trail maps, informative signage, and a fixed overview of the trail system and highlights of the forest. It might also include a classroom for use by school groups, landowner organizations, and forest industry training activities. The visitor center will be the starting point for a self-guided tour, the main focus of the Flatrock Mountain Demonstration Forest experience. Consisting as it currently does of uneven-aged northern hardwoods, the Flatrock Mountain Demonstration Forest will be managed largely for the continuous production of high value saw timber, with special emphasis on the compatible goals of enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational activities.
Various forest management techniques, such as shelter wood, even and uneven-age management, site conversion (i.e. hardwood to softwood) and even small clear cuts, etc. will be implemented and identified through a series of signs, maps and trail stops. Poor management techniques may also be featured on a limited basis to contrast the results with adjoining areas that are responsibly managed. Areas of interest pertaining to wildlife habitat and activities will also be included as part of the trail system, as will notable environmental improvements, such as water bars and other silt mitigation and soil retention structures.