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Timbering in Smithfield

You can walk the fresh bulldozer tracks in Lake Valhalla or Smithfield Village. Commercial timbering has come to the Township. This is the work of one operator who is meticulous in following the rules. His goal is to cart away the  hardwood that is very valuable. He’s operating on private property, and has secured all the necessary permits. The landowners can make a quick profit on a crop they neither planted nor worked. Our rocky landscape doesn’t have much topsoil. The oldest growth trees have 200 to 300 years. Even the second growth is more than 100. It’s a shame that something that has weathered so many Pocono winters can vanish in a morning.