Managed clear cutting, MacMahan Island, 1957

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Managed clear cutting, MacMahan Island, 1957

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The Pejepscot Paper Company contracted with Edwin Cromwell, a sawmill owner on Westport Island, to conduct managed clear cutting on neighboring Macmahan Island. Pejepscot Paper Company forester, Lin Rideout, supervised the operation.

The property was clear cut in patches of about 3/4 acres, each removing from 15 to 20 cords. The clear-cut patches were scattered over the Island woodlands and well apart from each other because of thin soil--typical of ledge-based islands--and possible wind throw.

The operation was sparked by the landowners' association on MacMahan Island who feared that a fire on the island could be devastating. In addition to the clear-cut patches, a defensible fire lane was cut the width of the island, separating the forest from the cottages.

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  • Title: Managed clear cutting, MacMahan Island, 1957
  • Creator: Maine Forest Service
  • Creation Date: 1957-05-16
  • Subject Date: 1957-05-16
  • Town: MacMahan Island, Westport Island
  • County: Lincoln, Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.5 cm x 25.2 cm
  • Local Code: CromEdw.Photo.10.1957
  • Collection: Edwin Cromwell Family Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
(207) 882-8477

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