In 1981, the Holt Research Forest Team developed two complimentary plans for forest management and research. Our management goals reflect those of many non-industrial forestland owners in southern Maine:
Maximize the production of high-quality timber.
Enhance wildlife diversity and abundance.
Maintain the forest's aesthetic qualities.
However, most of the stands at the Holt Research Forest were single-storied or two-storied, even-aged stands arising from old field succession. Thus our forest management objectives were to
These objectives have framed the harvest design for this forest. A forest with a wider range of vertical structure can support a more diverse array of plants and animals, occupying different niches that are created by vertical separation (Hunter 1990). In a regional context, our management strategy is consistent with landscape-level conservation across southern Maine, which is under strong development pressure.