Working Forests

The Forest Society's mission includes perpetuating New Hampshire's forests through their 'wise use', or sustainable forestry. Working forests--those managed to provide a renewable wood resource--are more likely to remain as forests rather than being lost to development. Visit this page to explore stories and projects related to working forests.

The Reservation Stewardship Department is responsible for the management of the Forest Society’s fee-owned lands (over 56,000 acres, the Forest Society’s largest asset).   These lands are managed with a vision that is focused on the future, ensuring the biological richness of the state while providing economic and social returns to the organization, its members, and the public.

You’ve seen slogans on pick-up truck bumpers or wood chip trailers: “Got Wood?” or “Local Wood, Local Good.”  You don’t think twice about trucks on NH highways hauling logs heading for sawmills or tractor trailer loads of wood chips destined to generate electricity.

In February of 2018, the Forest Society began a harvest on the western side of Mount Monadnock.  The goal of this harvest is to cut high-quality red oak trees that have attained maturity and provide an opportunity for new oaks

The Forest Society is conducting a timber harvest this winter that is a good example of "adaptive management" on the David Wilson Land, a Forest Society reservation in Sharon.

To reinvigorate the white-pine dominant forest at the Forest Society's Whittemore Reservation in Lyndeborough, the Forest Society started a timber harvest in November.  Licensed forester Eric Radloff of Bay State Forestry is administering the harvest, and loggers from HHP, a forest products compa

I first met the logger “Brad” back in May during a pre-timber harvest hike with the forester for my neighbor’s woodlot. The pines and hemlocks to be cut were marked with blue paint slashes by the forester, Brooks Weathers.

After a recent timber harvest at Weeks Woods in Gilford, volunteers and staff teamed-up to build two new hiking trail bridges and to seed-down portions of skid trails with rye grass seed as part of putting the timber sale to bed and improving the hiking trail network.  The hiking trails had been

The Forest Society is conducting a timber harvest on the western side of the lower slopes of Mount Monadnock.

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