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The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest on Martha’s Vineyard Part 1. Key Points:. Why was it first established? How has it changed since then? How is it beneficial for the island? How is it not beneficial for the island? What is the future of the State Forest?.

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The manuel f correllus state forest on martha s vineyard part 1

The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest on Martha’s Vineyard Part 1


Key points

Key Points:

  • Why was it first established?

  • How has it changed since then?

  • How is it beneficial for the island?

  • How is it not beneficial for the island?

  • What is the future of the State Forest?


A typical view inside the state forest

A typical view inside the State Forest


Some key dates in the history of the state forest

Some key dates in the history of the State Forest:

  • 1908 - 612 acres (established as a Heath Hen Preserve).

  • 1925 - expanded to 1040 acres.

  • 1926 - expanded to 4484 acres.

  • [1932] - Heath Hen declared extinct.

  • 1942 (WWII) - Navy took one sq. mile for an airport.

  • 1948-87 - Manny Correllus served as first State Forester. Planted thousands of white and red pines.

  • 1987 to present - John Varkonda is State Forester.

  • 1995 - about 800 acres donated (The Flynn Property)

    Total acreage today = 5343 acres

    (8% of the Island!)


There is some good news about the state forest and there is some bad news too

There is some good news about the State Forest and there is some bad news too.


First the good news

First the Good News:

  • 5343 acres of undeveloped and protected land in the middle of Martha’s Vineyard!

  • Over 300 acres (and growing) are “grasslands” - mostly fire lanes and meadows.

  • Provides good habitat (including some sandplain grasslands and scrub oak barrens).

  • Possible grassland restoration?

  • It’s beautiful and peaceful.

  • Serves as a NATURAL RECHARGE AREA FOR OUR AQUIFER. (For every one inch of rainfall, 140 million gallons of water land on the Forest.)


And now the bad news

And now the Bad News:

  • The Heath Hen didn’t make it.

  • Red pines died from a fungal disease.

  • Major fire hazard today (dead wood).

  • Too much monoculture.

  • Trees “drink up” LOTS of water. So?

  • Not the original vegetation of this area.


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