Iowa will use a private firm to salvage timber on Dudgeon Lake Wildlife Management Area after a devastating July storm.
On July 11, 2011, a wind storm caused significant damage to trees on the Dudgeon Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), north of Vinton. Recently, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources awarded a contract to the Brislawn Logging Company to complete a salvage harvest on approximately 500 acres of this wildlife management area.
Scattered dead or topped dead trees on a WMA unit like this are beneficial to a variety of wildlife, but the damage on this property is so devastating and significant that a salvage harvest to eliminate some of the debris would be very beneficial to a variety of wildlife species and recreational users that utilize this property. A salvage harvest will also create new openings where efforts can be made to re-establish portions of the forest cover that has been destroyed.
The goal of the harvest will be to remove the majority of merchantable (saleable) trees lying on the ground and/or trees that have any portion of the root ball exposed. Also, any merchantable trees standing with significant top damage have been marked individually for removal. A significant number of snag trees (dead or topped) will be left un-harvested and scattered throughout the two harvest units.
To protect the site and specific wildlife species harvest activities will only be permitted during the period of October 12, 2012 through March 25, 2013 and October 1, 2013 through March 25, 2014.