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Annual Meeting Remarks by President/Forester Jane A. Difley

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Sept. 28, 2019

As you know, this is our 118th Annual Meeting, the first being in 1902 after our founding on Feb. 6, 1901. This is my 24th—and last--as your President/Forester.

Despite a strong 17-7 vote in the Senate in favor of overriding Governor Sununu’s veto of Senate Bill 74, which would have increased dedicated funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the legislation died in the House when it was unable to get the two-thirds majorit

By just four votes, the New Hampshire House of Representatives fell short of overriding the Governor’s veto of House Bill 183. If approved, the legislation would have provided support to New Hampshire's six independent wood energy power plants. 

Photos from our 5 Hikes in 5 Weeks series.

Our fenced-in backyard orchard includes apples, peaches and pears. Outside the wire mesh fence corralling the semi-dwarf fruit trees are a few ancient, standard apple trees. Translation: much taller trees.

In late August, the Forest Society sold a historic house and surrounding five acres in Hollis, NH, to a young couple and their three children from Massachusetts. How did we get in the business of selling houses?

CONCORD, N.H. (Sept. 12, 2019)--The Board of Trustees of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is pleased to announce that it has selected Jack Savage of Middleton, New Hampshire, as the organization’s fifth President. Savage will succeed Jane A.

It’s not easy to find someone who remembers standing under the shade of a mature American chestnut tree anymore. My 95-year-old grandmother is even a few years too young for that privilege.

Jane Difley, the first female president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, is retiring on October 1, 2019, after 23 years. As a licensed forester, she has seen forest management evolve since she was a Forest Society intern in the 1970s.