The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands released the final version of the 2020 New Hampshire State Forest Action Plan (SFAP).
The State Forest Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan for New Hampshire's forests that provides long‐term, comprehensive and coordinated strategies for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing New Hampshire's forests. Therefore, it is a critically important document as stakeholders seek ways to conserve New Hampshire’s forests.
All states are required to develop such a plan in order to receive federal funds from the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. This law authorizes the federal government to provide financial and technical assistance to states and private landowners forestry-related issues including forest management and stewardship, fire protection, insect and disease control, reforestation and stand improvement, and urban forestry.
During the development of the plan, the Forest Society submitted two separate sets of comments (link to our 2019 and 2020 comments here). Forest Society President Jack Savage also serves on the New Hampshire Forest Advisory Board which provided guidance to the staff at the Division of Forests and Lands as they were preparing the document.
We would encourage readers to review this comprehensive document.