This bright insect is potentially our next invasive disaster being imported from Asia. . . The spotted lanternfly was first seen in Pennsylvania in 2014 and we're on a lookout for it in Connecticut. It needs the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus) to reproduce but is o...

Hello Burlington!  The DEEP Forestry is closing the Blue/Red Trail on the east side of Stone Road that connects with George Washington Turnpike on Monday June 11. It is only expected to be closed for a few days, reopening by the weekend of June 16-17. Please observe si...

The DEEP Fisheries Division will sometimes shoot at the Punch Brook Ponds on Punch Brook Road to keep predators from killing fish being nurtured by the hatchery.  All shooting is across the ponds and toward the north into a steep bank.  As a result, Punch Brook Trail (...

A timber harvest in Nassahegon State Forest on the east side of Stone Road is expected to begin Monday, Sept. 25.

The total area is about 43 acres and was prescribed in the long-term forest management plan for Nassahegon, that was the subject of a presentation to the La...

“A safety heads-up for Burlington hikers using Blue-blazed Trails north of Punch Brook Road (the Yellow-Dot Blue Trail that heads north from Punch Brook below the town ball fields):  While in that vicinity on official D.E.E.P. business June 26, I had a coyote encounter...

Originally posted January 2011

Most have probably seen Jim Perdue's commercials in recent years, where the poultry CEO touts a "healthy obsession with chicken".  There were times when state foresters have been accused of the same level of obsession with managing and reg...

ATTENTION:  THIS IS NOTICE THAT ALL TRAILS AT SESSIONS WOODS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA THAT WERE CLOSED DUE TO THE TIMBER HARVEST ACTIVITY ARE REOPENED, as of Thursday, January 12, 2017. This includes the Beaver Pond Trail gravel loop road, and any Blue-blazed CFPA trai...

October 17, 2016

NOTICE:  As discussed in my June 2016 “Ask Dave” website update, the 8-acre harvest at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area to salvage red pine, thin the area, and take down trail hazards will begin approximately October 21.  There will also be a...

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Greetings, Burlington neighbors!

My name is David Irvin and I am a forester with the DEEP Division of Forestry.  Among other properties, I am responsible for forestry activities at Nassahegon State Forest. Check back here for information, news and updates on our State forests. 

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