Pacific Brook Forest is an exceptional homestead opportunity, but it also offers a valuable timber resource as an alternative investment option. Maple sugarmakers will find much of the property well-suited as a sugarbush operation. The forest is in one of the most scenic parts of northern Vermont, adjacent to the spine of the Green Mountain Range with several peaks visible from the property's meadows. To the west, the entire Cold Hollow Range unfolds. At the back end of the meadow sits the old homestead, which is likely most suitable for camp use. The home is at the end of a town road and well away from any other homes, so privacy and lack of any road noise creates a serene retreat with extensive solitude.
The property is named after Pacific Brook that defines much of the land's northern boundary. The brook's headwaters arise from the nearby Green Mountain peaks, with the clear-running, boulder-strewn brook flowing swiftly downhill, creating deep pools, cascading falls and two narrow gorges where the water barrels through narrow rock formations. Topography is variable with most of the land containing gentle slopes. A western aspect primarily prevails.
The forest has a standing timber value of $594,000. Species composition is dominated by hardwoods, with softwoods holding the balance. There is a diverse mix of species, led by sugar maple, with the primary other species consisting of red maple, spruce/fir, yellow/white birch, hemlock and other common associates. Since the tenure of the current owner began in 1958, thinning activity has been limited until 2011-13 when most of the property was treated by thinnings, removal of some planted pine stands, and a regeneration harvest at the property's north-central end. Aside from recent overstory removal cuts, forest density is generally represented by fully-stocked stands.
The property offers a sugarbush opportunity on some of its acreage. All of the land slopes directly towards the access point where electric power and the sugarhouse are located. The 2017 timber inventory data indicate a property-wide potential tap count of 27,475. Trees 9” and greater were considered, providing an average of 42 taps/acre covering all acres. Where sugarbush potential is likely, the average taps per acre is closer to ±55/acre. The current ownership constructed a 12' x 26' sap house in 2012. The structure has a cement floor with separate sap collection and boiling areas. The sugarbush operation had sap lines laid out covering roughly ±2,000 taps.