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.

When I arrived home from work one warm day last week, the dogs suggested that we take a walk in the field out beyond the barn. Over the course of time all dogs have perfected the highly persuasive suggestion, and so I couldn't refuse.

Sugarmakers are all wondering what this extraordinary winter will mean to this year’s maple syrup production. In central New Hampshire, I have historically tapped the trees for my modest hobby operation by President’s Day weekend in February, often enjoying a good run that week. This year, other than a few meager drips echoing on the bottom of my old-school buckets, there hadn’t been a real good run by March 24. Contrast that to a few years ago when spring came so fast that I was all done by March 18.

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

“Welcome to Farm and Forest Nation!”

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.

 

Take one flannel shirt, one Mike Napoli beard circa October 2013, mix in an iphone 6 and some workboots, then add an overpolished axe and flavor with homebrewed craft beer and you’ve got the latest lifestyle fashion trend for men: the “Lumbersexual”.