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.

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.

On my way to work, I often stop along a section of dirt road and roll down my window to chat with a retired gentleman who takes a daily walk there.  We exchange observations about the weather, the lack or overabundance of mosquitoes, deer flies or ticks depending on the season, and when the leave

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

Many people don't think of trees when we speak of "harvest." Corn is harvested; apples, tomatoes, squash are the fruits of the annual autumnal rite which is the province of our farmers.

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

Young Forests

Important game bird habitats, old fields and sapling forests are becoming less common.

Some people like to go big. Huuuge, you might say. On an online forum where maple syrup producers exchange tips and info, a fellow in Wisconsin recently sought input on upscaling his operation from 50 taps (hobby scale) to (gulp) 45,000 taps on family-owned land.

In December 2015, the Forest Society began harvesting timber from the southern part of the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest in Lempster.  The Forest Society acquired this 1,827-acre gem in 2010, and the forest management plan was completed in 2014.  This harvest is the first of several planned en