Case Study: Somerville Woodlot

John Somerville

The Somervilles have commissioned a series of forest growth studies over the years. These studies show that forest growth is excellent, that growth has been maintained over a 50-year period, that quality improves with good silvicultural practices and that forest harvest can be sustained with good forestry management. Although the Somerville’s own a number of forest properties, this report (link below) considers only two; the Welch and the Berry-Robinson properties. Both are located in Mulmur Township, Dufferin County and both are upland hardwood forests with sugar maple the most dominant species. John’s main objective for his woodlots has more or less remained the same over time: “To grow good timber and hopefully to sell it.”

Forest scene at the Welch property.
John Somerville with his son Fred.