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    Rocky Ridge trails being destroyed

    I just made it down to Rocky ridge for the first time this spring. Massive clear cutting of the forest has taken place. Basically the forest has been clearcut between trails 1,2, and 4. The logging destroyed some sweet sections like the narrow "between the rocks" route and a few others. Yes, there is still some great riding in other areas of the park, but I have to ask why? Why? WHY??????????

    Does anyone know the reason for this? And are they going to do any more cutting?

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    If it's on state forest land, the the forest service routinely logs land to raise money for themselves.
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    Logging was done by the county park. Gypsy moths killed a large section of trees in the park last year. I think this is the reason for the logging.

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    Logging @ RR

    Rocky RIdge is York County land and is not regularly harvested for timber. The recent logging was to remove dead trees that were killed by Gypsy Moth caterpillars and canker worms. The logged areas of the park were heavily hit by both. During the last two years there were large sections of forest that had no foliage which caused the trees to die. The County saw these dead trees, in such a heavily used park, as dangerous and had them removed.
    Did the loggers take healthy trees? Probably. Would I have liked to seen less trees removed? Yes. Unfortunately, user groups have no say in the decisions, although we can make a difference after the fact. The best course of action now is to join YAMBA if you are not already a member. Starting in a month or two we will be at RR for the rest for the year doing trail maintenance. Our major undertaking will be to redo trail 4, using the logging as an opportunity to build a better more sustainable trail, w/ added features. Other projects will include fixing some of the side trails, like the rock slot that was mentioned. The upcoming trail work schedule, and more, is at YAMBA's new blog. http://diggingtrail.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by pspwesty
    Rocky RIdge is York County land and is not regularly harvested for timber. The recent logging was to remove dead trees that were killed by Gypsy Moth caterpillars and canker worms. The logged areas of the park were heavily hit by both. During the last two years there were large sections of forest that had no foliage which caused the trees to die. The County saw these dead trees, in such a heavily used park, as dangerous and had them removed.
    Did the loggers take healthy trees? Probably. Would I have liked to seen less trees removed? Yes. Unfortunately, user groups have no say in the decisions, although we can make a difference after the fact. The best course of action now is to join YAMBA if you are not already a member. Starting in a month or two we will be at RR for the rest for the year doing trail maintenance. Our major undertaking will be to redo trail 4, using the logging as an opportunity to build a better more sustainable trail, w/ added features. Other projects will include fixing some of the side trails, like the rock slot that was mentioned. The upcoming trail work schedule, and more, is at YAMBA's new blog. http://diggingtrail.blogspot.com/

    Kevin
    Trail Coordinator
    www.yamba.org
    http://diggingtrail.blogspot.com/

    I am a member of SAMBA, and own the relationship with J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation.
    Mack has been logged the last several years (Tree Farm), and looked terrible, but allowed us an opportunity to create better trails and has worked out great.
    This past year Mack was hit by the gypsy moths and the trees surrounding the camp areas were removed because of safety reasons. It is terrible, but required after an accident (Deaths) several years ago.

    Join YAMBA, and donate your time making it the best it can be.

    Matt Myers

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