In June of 2010, 18,701 acres of the original purchase from Plum Creek to Heartwood Forestland Fund VI, LP – Wolverine Timberlands was transferred to Great Lakes Rural NMTC Forestlands, LLC (GLNMTC East). The property is made up of two compartments, both located in Mackinaw County, Michigan.
|Property Name||GLNMTC East|
|Coordinates||N 46° 06′ 00″ W 85° 41′ 56″|
|Previous Owner||Plum Creek|
|Dominant Forest Type||Mix of Pine Plantation, Aspen and Lowland Conifer|
|Managing Consultant||Grossman Forestry|
|Address||1013 S. Newberry Avenue Newberry, MI – 49868|
The 11,000 acre Curtis compartment is situated just to the east of the small resort town of Curtis, between Sandtown Road and US 2. To the south of US 2, the Gould City Compartment runs south for 7 miles mostly along the west side of the Gould City Road, and is bounded to the west and south by the Lake Superior State Forest. Another small 1,200 acre block of the compartment lies just south of Milakokia Lake and is intermingled with State Forest parcels.
This Heartwood Forestland Fund VI (HFF VI) property was originally part of the Wolverine property, acquired in 2009 from Plum Creek. Prior to Plum Creek, Escanaba Paper Company, a division of Mead Corporation managed the lands primarily as a source of raw material for their paper mill. A significant amount of the land was converted from natural forests to plantations by Mead. Plum Creek continued with a similar intensive management style.
The GLNMTC East property has several significant forest types, including aspen, northern hardwoods, spruce/fir, lowland conifer mixes and plantations of tamarack, red pine and European Larch. Previous management by Mead and Plum Creek was fairly intense, and included site conversions from poorer quality hardwoods to planted softwoods. Timber management will maintain most stands in their current forest type, however as stands mature, some will be returned to a more natural mix of native species. Both compartments are subjected to heavy deer browsing, making regeneration of the forest very challenging.
ost of the GLNMTC East property is enrolled in the Commercial Forest program. As such, they are open to the public for Hunting, Fishing and Trapping. Legal access by the public to these lands is at minimum by foot. Many road systems remain open for vehicular access, but some have been blocked with rock or earth berms or are gated to protect the resource. Motorized vehicles (including ORV’s) are not permitted beyond closed gates and berms. Hunting blinds on the GLNMTC East lands are to be portable in nature and removed daily. Tree stands and steps must be strap on, and may not penetrate the trees bark. No cutting of trees, limbs or brush is permitted for creation of shooting lanes or blinds. Camping, camp fires, firewood collection, dragging of roads, and dumping are not permitted on the property. Additional restrictions may apply to certain tracts and will be posted as such.
Compartment maps are available for downloading. These maps show public access points, roads, gates, berms, etc., timber cover groups and water features. The maps are in georeferenced .pdf format and can be used on smartphones and tablets with the Avenza PDF Maps application to track the user on the map with the unit’s GPS.