Forest Society Blog - News & Features

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.

On the forestland owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the timber is growing in age, in volume, and value every year.

To many, summer in New Hampshire means local produce. It starts early with the sweetest strawberries, then just-right tomatoes, followed by pick-your-own blueberries, and finishing up with crisp corn on the cob before Autumn begins. 

Thursday morning I met 21 residents of Havenwood Heritage Heights (HHH)at the Conservation Center floodplain for a naturalist tour of the trails. The weather was spectacular- not too hot and not too cold, with a blue sky and warm sun overhead.

A common theme on Something Wild is breeding. (Which is why we always sip our tea with our pinkies extended.) Seriously, though, we talk about the how, when and where because there are a lot of different reproductive strategies that have evolved in nature.

Most of the land that the Forest Society manages is forestland, but we also own over 450 acres of fields throughout the state. These areas provide valuable habitat and plant diversity on our landscape and are often havens for wildlife. We lease some of our fields to local farmers, who grow and cu

If you think today’s roads are bad, check out Portsmouth Street from a century ago.