Natural Resources

What does sustainable forest management mean?

Sustainable management is ensuring that at no time will the amount of wood volume harvested exceed the amount of new wood being added to the forest every year.  That means we are always growing more than we are cutting and so we will never run out of wood or forest.   

Why do you cut trees if you are the Society for the Protection of NH Forests?

Our Mission Statement says "The Society is a forestry association seeking to perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire through their wise use and their complete reservation in places of special scenic beauty."  We understand 'wise use' to mean managing all the resources of the forest for ecological, economic, and societal benefits.  Our forest management is science- based, sustainable, and helps supports local, regional, and international forest product markets. For more on our Forest Management program visit our Forestry page on this web site.