The Board of Directors of GSNEO is committed to the preservation and health of our camp properties as well as the safety of the girls. As part of that commitment, the Board of Directors is instituting a Forest Management Plan for all camp properties.
"Forest management is the application of appropriate technical forestry principles, practices, and business techniques to achieve the owner's objectives." Stated more simply, forest management is the development and execution of a plan integrating all of the principles, practices, and techniques necessary to care properly for the forest." Forest management is not so much a subject or a science as it is a process.
Source: Ohio State University Fact Sheet #F-34-02 "Developing a Plan to Care for Your Forest" by Randall B. Heiligmann, Extension Specialist, Forestryhttp://ohioline.osu.edu/for-fact/0034.html
A forest management plan has been developed, beginning with Camp Pleasant Valley and includes a selective timber harvest strategy. GSNEO has consulted with a professional forester who has prepared a forest management plan for each property; with consideration for:
The plan will identify damaged and disease threatened trees to be removed as soon as possible. Ecologically sensitive areas will not to be timbered and Best Management Practices (BMP) as recommended by Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be followed.
As part of the Forest Management Plan and in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012, a tree replanting program will be initiated for Girl Scout troops throughout the 18 counties.
References"The Role of Timber Harvesting in Forest Management"By David M. Hix, Associate Professor The Ohio State University and Greg B. Smith, Forest Manager, Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Ohio Department of Natural Resourceshttp://www.ohiosaf.org/role.htm
"A Guide to the Management of Ohio's State Forests" ODNR, Division of Forestry