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1 DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT 1 FOREST MANAGEMENT UNIT COMPARTMENT REVIEW PRESENTATION COMPARTMENT # 76 ENTRY YEAR: 2011 Compartment Acreage: 1557 County: Gladwin DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT ision Date: November 2, 2009 Stand Examiner: Rick Myrick Legal Description: T18N R2E, Sections,,, and RMU (if applicable): None Management Goals: The Compartment is a matrix of uplands and lowlands and demonstrates an example of a State Forest area that has been intensively managed for over 30 years. Numerous small stands of less than ten acres each represent the remnants of historical patch cuts implemented as standard forest management of the era. The majority of the Compartment s forested cover types are made up of 30 to 60 year old lowland deciduous forest, younger natural pine stands of 10 to 49 years old, and stands of 1 to 29 year old sapling and pole size oak types. An age spike of approximately 77 acres of 60 to 89 year old oak is represented in the Compartment with 41 of those acres being prescribed for treatment. Overall the forest cover is relatively young, reflecting previous treatment activity. Future Compartment management considerations should examine the possible treatment of combined smaller oak patches as larger acreage blocks, once the oak types reach silvicultural and/or age criteria. Heavy deer browse was noted among these smaller oak stands, and the treatment of larger acreage blocks may potentially reduce the concentrated browse intensity common to a limited availability of oak stems. Soil and Topography: Soils range from a Croswell-AuGres-Rubicon association; level to sloping, well-drained to somewhat poorly drained soils that have a sandy subsoil, to a Roscommon-Carbondale association; being very poorly drained, mucky and sandy soils, to an Iosco-Brevort-Kawkawlin association; level to undulating, somewhat poorly drained to very poorly drained soils that have sandy to loamy subsoil and loamy underlying material. Ownership Patterns, Development, and Land Use in and Around the Compartment: The State land ownership in this Compartment is one contiguous block, except a private 40 acre in-holding located in the SE1/4 of the SW1/4 of Section. Approximately three quarters of the Compartment is surrounded by State Forest. The dominant developed feature within the Compartment is the Molasses River Flooding No. 3. The private lands within the area are a mix of year-round rural residences, farms, and hunting camp properties; most of which consist of 40 to 320 acre parcels. Unique, Natural Features (include only non-site specific and non-sensitive information): There are no known occurrences and none were detected during the inventory process. Archeological, Historical, and Cultural Features The Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries data-base indicates no known occurrences and none were detected during the inventory process.

2 DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT 2 Special Management Designations or Considerations: The Molasses River Flooding No. 3 is designated a Special Conservation Area (SCA). Watershed and Fisheries Considerations: The approximately 600 acre Molasses River Flooding No. 3 is an impoundment of the Little Molasses River which flows through the Compartment from the north, discharging at a southern spillway onto private land. The river then continues through private land eventually flowing back onto State property from the east, dividing the remainder of the Compartment. The impoundment and river provides habitat to Bluegill, Northern Pike and other warm water fish. Wildlife Habitat Considerations: The Molasses River Flooding No. 3 provides quality waterfowl breeding, nesting, and intermittent migration habitat and comprises a large segment of this compartment. Besides various species of ducks and geese, shore and marsh birds are also common abundance is typically geared to existing water levels. Sand Hill Crane, and State threatened Bald Eagle, Osprey and Common Loon are frequently observed. Ruffed Grouse, Woodcock, and White-tailed Deer also benefit from the riparian zone of the impoundment and river. The previous spillway structure on the Molasses River Flooding No. 3 was removed and replaced with a scalloped/drivable dike top surface. Water levels will fluctuate with the varying degree of precipitation received annually. Desired flooding depths can be maintained more effectively with the new scalloped water control system. Mineral Resource and Development Concerns and/or Restrictions: Surface sediments consist of lacustrine (lake) sand and gravel and an end moraine of medium-textured till. The glacial drift thickness varies between 100 and 200 feet. Beneath the glacial drift are the Pennsylvania Grand River and Saginaw Formations. The Saginaw Formation is used for clay/shale for brick making in other areas of the State. This area is predominately sand. Gravel potential in the Compartment is considered limited. This area has had little oil and gas activity. North Buckeye Field is located seven miles to the west. The field, discovered in 1936, has produced over 21 MBO from the Devonian Dundee Formation. The Compartment is currently leased for oil and gas exploration. Vehicle Access: Much of the Compartment can be accessed directly off Center Fireline Trail, Grim Road, and/or Section Grim Twp. Road. Numerous poor dirt roads provide access to the Compartment interior, including a forest two-track which begins at Grim Road and terminates at the west end of the Wildlife Division managed Molasses River Flooding No. 3 dike. Survey Needs: None. Recreational Facilities and Opportunities: The Compartment is located approximately one mile south of the Gladwin ORV Trailhead Parking lot. Subsequently the western 1/3 of the Compartment is traversed by a significant and intensely used stretch of ORV trail which runs from the north boundary south through two-thirds of this State forest area. Evidence of heavy off-trail use is noticeable. The Compartment also provides white-tailed deer hunting opportunities and is dotted with numerous traditional deer hunting campsites throughout. During open firearm deer season in particular, deer hunters represent a high use stakeholder population within the Compartment. Fire Protection: The access into this Compartment is moderate to good for most of the acreage. However, over 200 acres of the Compartment are covered with fire dependent jack pine and/or jack pine with mixed deciduous species. During the spring 2009, two wildfires occurred within the Compartment. One wildfire encompassed 20 acres of immature jack pine; the other burned 18 acres of mixed hardwoods. Fire potential is moderate to high in this Compartment.

3 "N Compartment 76 T18N, R02E, Sec.,,, County: Gladwin Unit: Gladwin YOE: 2011 Acres: 1,557 GIS Calculated Stand Examiner: Rick Myrick Map ised: 10/28/2009 Map Phase: Pre-iew Cover Type & Map E Center Fireline Tr "W "N Center Fireline Trl E E J E N E P MC W W O Molasses River Flooding M N N D N N E6 Section Grim Twp Rd 40 Little Molasses River O A O MD UM UM MD J O8 Grim Rd P E MD O O O6 Klender Rd V0 56 Legend Miris Corners Forest Stands Paved Road County Gravel Road Poor Dirt Road Trails ORV Trails Intermittent Stream/Drain Stream Lakes and Rivers Northern Hardwood Oak Types 4 - Aspen Types Mixed Upland Deciduous Planted Pines Natural Pines Upland Mixed Forest Watson D rain Lowland Deciduous Forest Lowland Coniferous Forest Klender Rd Non-Forest Stands Herbaceous Openland Floating Aquatic Lowland Shrub 6 - Emergent Wetland s Clearcut (w/reserves, Patch/Strip) Miles 84 0"W

4 84 0"W Compartment 76 T18N, R02E, Sec.,,, County: Gladwin Unit: Gladwin YOE: 2011 Acres: 1,557 GIS Calculated Stand Examiner: Rick Myrick Map ised: 10/28/2009 Map Phase: Pre-iew 61 Stand Boundary Map Center Fireline Trl E E5 Section 15 Grim Twp Rd J E N E P MC W W O Molasses River Flooding M N N D N N0 Section Grim Twp Rd E O A O MD UM UM P J MD O E1 Grim Rd MD O O O V0 56 Legend Miris Corners Forest Stands Paved Road Level 3 County Gravel Road Poor Dirt Road Trails ORV Trails Stand Boundaries Northern Hardwood Oak Types 4 - Aspen Types Mixed Upland Deciduous Planted Pines Natural Pines Upland Mixed Forest Lowland Deciduous Forest Lowland Coniferous Forest Non-Forest Stands Level Herbaceous Openland Floating Aquatic Klender Rd Lowland Shrub 6 - Emergent Wetland Saganing Rd Miles 84 0"W

5 "N Dedicated & Proposed Special Conservation Area Map Compartment 76 T18N, R02E, Sec.,,, County: Gladwin Unit: Gladwin YOE: 2011 Acres: 1,557 GIS Calculated Stand Examiner: Rick Myrick Map ised: 10/28/2009 Map Phase: Pre-iew "W E E J E N E P MC W W O M N N D N N E O A O MD UM UM P J MD O E MD O O O V0 56 Legend Miris Corners Forest Stands Stand Boundaries Level 3 Potential Old Growth Stands Wildlife Management Areas IFMAP Special Conservation Areas Northern Hardwood Oak Types 4 - Aspen Types Mixed Upland Deciduous Planted Pines Natural Pines Upland Mixed Forest Lowland Deciduous Forest Lowland Coniferous Forest Non-Forest Stands Level Herbaceous Openland Floating Aquatic Lowland Shrub 6 - Emergent Wetland Miles 84 0"W

6 Covertype, Acres, and Age summary Gladwin Mgt. Unit (Level 3 Cover Type) Compartment 076 Report Date: 10/28/2009 Year of Entry 2011 Age Class Non-Forested Aspen Types Emergent Wetland Floating Aquatic Herbaceous Openland Lowland Coniferous Forest Lowland Deciduous Forest Lowland Shrub Mixed Upland Deciduous Natural Pines Northern Hardwood Oak Types Planted Pines Upland Mixed Forest Uneven Age Total Total

7 S t a n d Name Gladwin Mgt. Unit Inventory Method: IFMAP Acres Stage1 CoverType PROPOSED TREATMENTS NO LIMITING FACTORS Size Density Stand Age Type Compartment: 076 Method Date 10/28/2009 Entry Yr: 2011 Cover Type Objective Page 1 of CC w/r Mixed Lowland Deciduous High Density Log Forest Cmnt: Leave one to two chain buffer along east edge of stand for retention. Spec: Next Steps: 55 Harvest Clearcut with Reserves Mixed Lowland Deciduous Forest Cut all trees 2" or greater, except white pine, tamarack and green marked white oak. Leave tree mark one to three white oak per acre Black, N. Pin CCw/R Oak High Density Log 78 Harvest Clearcut with Reserves Black, N. Pin Oak Cmnt: Spec: Next Steps: Scatter tops along trails where ORV use has occurred outside of the designated ORV trail. Cut all trees greater than 2". Leave all white pine. Retain 3 % representative scattered trees and/or pockets for retention Black, N. Pin CCw/R Oak High Density Log 65 Harvest Clearcut with Reserves White, Black, N. Pin Oak Cmnt: Spec: Next Steps: Cut all trees 2" or greater, except green marked white oak. Leave tree mark one to three white oak per acre. Leave a higher concentration of white oak at the north end of the stand to meet 3% overall retention CC Black, N. Pin Medium Density 89 Oak Log Cmnt: Harvest Clearcut Oak, Pine Spec: Cut all trees 2" or greater, chip tops for site prep. No retention. Next Steps: After harvest, interplant this stand along with adjacent stand 64 to jack pine. Total Acreage Proposed: 115.2

8 S t a n d Name Gladwin Acres Mgt. Unit Inventory Method: IFMAP Stage1 Cover Type PROPOSED TREATMENTS WITH LIMITING FACTORS Size Density Stand Age Type Compartment: 076 Method Date 10/28/2009 Entry Yr: 2011 Cover Type Objective Page 1 of 1 Limiting Factor and Comment: Cmnt: Spec: Next Steps: No Reason Total Acreage Proposed: 0

9 Gladwin Mgt. Unit PROPOSED SPECIAL CONSERVATION AREA* (SCA) DETAILS Compartment: 076 Date: 10/28/2009 Page 1 of 1 * This is a partial list of SCAs for this compartment. Not included are those areas identified under other Department initiatives (Natural Rivers, Deer Wintering Areas, etc.). Those will be identified in separate, future map and report products. Inventory Method: IFMAP Stand SCA Name Acres Comments

10 Report Date: 10/28/2009 Type Gladwin Mgt. Unit Compartment: 076 DEDICATED CONSERVATION AREA DETAILS Page 1 of 1 * This is a list of Dedicated Biodiversity Areas for this compartment along with a 1/4 mile buffer surrounding the compartment. Refer to Dedicated Conservation Area Map for areas that the below listed Conservation Areas are located. Conservation Area Description ERA = Ecological Reference Area HCVA = High Conservation Value Area SCA = Special Conservation Area SCA SCA Habitat Area Potential Old Growth Areas An area that provide some specific need for the life cycle of wildlife species, including State Wildlife Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas, deer wintering complexes in lowland conifer communities, grassland openings and savannas. Habitat areas are distinct from critical habitat designated for recovery of endangered or threatened species (such as Kirtland's warbler or piping plover areas) in that they are more general in nature, are not primarily associated with threatened or endangered species, and are not covered by species recovery plans that are developed in cooperation with Federal agencies. This category contains stands were identified for a broad range of reasons and were coded in the OI database as stand condition 8 as potential old growth (POG). Approximately 310,000 acres have been identified through the Operations Inventory (OI)/Compartment iew process. For stands in Year of Entry 2008 and forward, potential old growth is managed for the identified objective until it is: 1) vetted through the Biodiversity Conservation Planning Process (BCPP) and given a specific designation and objective (as an ERA, HCVA, or other type of SCA) and is released from the potential old growth designation; or 2) it is released from the potential old growth designation via the Compartment iew process.

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