CANCELLED: Cottrell Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series at Fox Forest


Due to the Covid-19 virus and with an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual forthcoming Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series at Fox State Research Forest scheduled to begin on Tuesday March 17 and run through Tuesday April 7.  We do look forward to re-scheduling the programs at a later date as more information becomes available. Thank  you in advance for your understanding and support for this popular co-sponsored program


March-April 2020 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series  – “Restore, Protect, Connect”

Join us for the 2020 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series at the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center at Fox Forest in Hillsborough. This year’s series explores topics from trout streams and New England Cottontail rabbit habitat restoration to foraging for edible native or invasive plants and the protection of freshwater resources.

Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest

Native NH Brook Trout.

Trout Stream Restoration

Tuesday March 17, 7 pm  

Speaker: John Magee, Fish Habitat Biologist, NH Fish and Game Department

Streams and riparian forests are dynamic, changing dramatically over decades. Research in the last thirty years sheds light on the interconnections of streams and riparian areas as integral parts of stream ecosystems. Research demonstrates the importance of wood in streams to fish habitat and nutrient cycling and emerging information on the role of light on the productivity of stream ecosystems. Learn about research in NH and beyond on fish habitat, instream wood and what we may expect in the coming decades as our forests age. John will share stream restoration projects that use knowledge of stream and riparian processes to restore health to formerly degraded ecosystems.



Cottontail rabbit. (Photo USFWS via Flickr Creative Commons)
Restoration of the New England Cottontail Rabbit

Tuesday March 24, 7pm

Speaker: Heidi Holman, Wildlife Diversity Biologist, NH Fish and Game Department

Until recently, the New England cottontail was a candidate for federal listing under the Endangered Species Act. For years, shrubby thickets and young forests, primary habitat for the species, has declined due to changes in human land use. Since 2008, hundreds of partners from state and federal agencies, municipalities, conservation organizations, zoos and private land owners have been working together across the historical NE cottontail range on a recovery effort to reverse the decline and bring back our native rabbit while providing benefits to over 60 other species that live in these habitats.  After 10 years of hard work to restore the native cottontail, how are we doing towards meeting the goal of a viable population by 2030?






Unfurlig fiddleheads shine in the early morning light in a floodplain forest
Fiddleheads Unfurling in the Morning Light (Photo: Ellen Kenny)
Edible Wild Plants of the Granite State

Tuesday March 31, 7 pm

Speaker: Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten

The Granite State is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Connect with over 40 of the tastiest species the region has to offer - ranging from plants everyone knows, like Daisies and Dandelions, to plants you may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower.  Join us, for a slide show that covers identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.  Learn about native edible plants raised from seed and partnerships with conservation groups to add edible native plants to the landscape. Russ may have some foraged plants for people to sip or nibble!





A clear lake is reflected against itself on a summer day.
(Photo: Brian Hotz)
Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to Us, What We Mean to Water

Tuesday April 7, 7pm

Speaker: Jim Rousmaniere, journalist and historian

Water Connections focuses on a stream in New Hampshire and how it and other bodies of water have been affected by changes in technology, economic values, new forms of pollution, new ideas about nature and the occasionally unintended consequences of human action. From the industrial revolution to the present day - the book is as much about people as it is about water - with stories about how conservationists, artists, reservoir managers, government officials, hydropower interests, anglers, scientists and ordinary citizens shape the use and protection of freshwater.