The approximate 7,015 acre Scaffold Lick Stand is part of the Gardeau Compartment. The Scaffold Lick stand borders State Game lands and Allegheny Partners properties to the west and several private landowners to the north and east. The Gardeau Tract borders this tract to the south. The Scaffold Lick stand is divided into two (2) sections. Scaffold Lick North contains approximately 980 acres and Scaffold Lick South is approximately 6,039 acres. State Road TR408 runs through the western side of Scaffold Lick North and Scaffold Lick Run Road runs through the center of Scaffold Lick South.
|Property Name||Scaffold Lick|
|Previous Owner||Mallery Lumber|
|Dominant Forest Type||100% Northern Hardwood|
|Address||215 West Main St., PO Box 305 Smethport, PA – 16749|
The Scaffold Lick stand is located in McKean County, PA. The stand lies South of Port Allegheny, PA. The property is in a largely rural area with several forest products companies nearby. Significant land owenership patterns include mining, natural gas production, timber production, agriculture, and tourism. The primary large acreage landowners in the area surrounding the tracts include: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania State Forests, Kane Hardwoods, and Patterson Lumber Company. Located at the northern end of Allegheny Plateau which is a physiographic region within the Appalachian Mountain chain.
The Scaffold Lick stand is part of a larger landholding, which was originally owned by The Armstrong Forest Company. Texasgulf purchased the land from Armstong in the early 1970’s. All historic records show that Armstrong Forest Company and Texasgulf practiced good silviculture on the property. Mallery Lumber Company owned the property from the early 1980’s until it was purchased by HFFIII in 2001. As mentioned above; a supply agreement was included with the purchase of the property. Therefore; by 2006 the entire property will have been cut through.
The Scaffold Lick North section is broken into six (6) stands based on timber type, age class, and forest management potential. These stands contain approximately 71 acres of open, unproductive stands; 63 acres of Allegheny Hardwood sapling size stands; 655 acres of Northern hardwood, large pole stands; 31 acres of Northern hardwood, large pole stands with a component of Hemlock mixed in; 109 acres of Northern hardwood small pole stands; and 51 acres of Northern hardwood, large pole stands with a very low basal area. In general the timber quality appears to be good. Most of the timber is Northern Hardwood type. The tract is made up primarily of stands containing small size sawtimber, poletimber, and low-grade material. A dense fern cover and dense Striped Maple and/or Beech brush has developed over time as a result of diameter limit cutting carried out prior to HFF ownership. These conditions make regeneration of the compartment difficult. Most of the beech trees have a severe case of Beech Bark Disease. These infected trees will most likely die within the next few years.