Sustainable Forest Management

Over the past several years, the flightless insects, called scales, have bored deep into the bark of red pines throughout the region, ravaging the ramrod trees from New York to Maine.

The Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area, more commonly known as "The Floodplain,” lies just below the Conservation Center buildings in Concord and provides 80 acres of open space for hiking,  swimming or an afternoon nature retreat.  The Forest Society purchased this land in 1

NH Business Review story and photos by Cynthia Tokos

The Open Journal of Forestry published an article last week that examines some of the effects that whole-tree harvesting has on northern hardwood forests.

My backyard wants to be a forest. This is a problem because I want it to be a gardener’s paradise surrounded by forest. Towering maples and birches conspire against me from the yard edges.

Certified Tree Farmer P.J. O’Rourke wrote an entertaining piece in the Wall Street Journal recently in which he attempts to explain why he owns land in New Hampshire. He concluded by noting , “ I can’t give up my estate….I’ve formed an inviolate bond with the land.

It’s not easy being a logger. Members of the public love to hate you for making what looks like a mess. Prices at the mill never seem to be good, the cost of fuel keeps going up, and the capital investment in the right equipment is substantial.

There’s a great debate going on these days, in and out of the woods, over biomass. When it comes to the forest, biomass typically refers to wood harvested in the form of chips that are then burned, either to generate renewable electricity, or heat.