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The New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee is pleased to recognize the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, as the 2016 Outstanding Community Tree Farmer of the Year for the Councilís Griswold Scout Reservation. The Griswold Scout Reservation exemplifies sound forest management and long-term forest stewardship. It covers approximately 3,100 acres in the towns of Gilmanton, Alton, and Gilford. The property includes a variety of forest types and is interspersed by beaver swamps, lakes, and rocky mountain summits. The summits of five mountains in the Belknap Range are on this property.

The primary objective of the Council is to provide year-round recreation, education, and training for the Boy Scout program. The property provides summer educational and recreational opportunities for about 4,000 Boy Scouts annually, as well housing a summer Easter Seal camp.

For more than 40 years, this land has been managed as a Tree Farm. In fact, the Daniel Webster Council was the first Council to hire a forester to manage reservation land. Ron Klemarczyk is the current forester for the property, and the forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, forest recreation, education, wildlife habitat improvement, and watershed protection. Ron plans the timber sales, ensuring there are adequate buffers to protect important resource values, and he supervises the harvesting. Ron also works with campers to complete forest and ecology-related merit badges throughout the summer.

Since 2010, the Council has conducted six timber harvests covering approximately 260 acres. These harvests have generated logs for lumber, pulpwood, firewood, and chips. They have been conducted to remove hazard trees, create vistas and wildlife openings, and to improve forest health and growth. Income from harvesting is used toward camp maintenance and programs. These harvests allowed the Council to upgrade nearly three-quarters of a mile of their road system to improve access, which is critical to their timber management as well as safety at the camps. Some of the logging roads are part of the NH Snowmobile Trail System and are heavily used by local snowmobilers.

The Council also maintains a network of more than a dozen trails that cross the mountains, wander through the forest, meander beside lakes and ponds, and edge around wetlands and swampy areas. This extensive trail network is used by campers and the public, and can be one of the highlights of the camp experience, allowing hikers to get the feeling of being in the heart of the wilderness.

The Griswold Reservation is a valuable resource in the community, hosting various organizations and events community, hosting various organizations and events and working with groups such as the NH Snowmobile Association and the Belknap Range Trail Tenders to facilitate public uses of the land. It has taken decades for the property to reach its current size, as the Council has acquired and assembled new parcels. They have further demonstrated their commitment to long-term stewardship by placing a conservation easement on most of the property. This property is now protected from residential and commercial development so that future generations will be able to have fun and educational outdoor experiences here.

The Daniel Webster Council is a great example of being good stewards --- they are contributing to the protection and care of our natural resources as well as providing opportunities for young people to forge a lasting connection with the outdoors. The New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee is thrilled to present this yearís Outstanding Community Tree Farm Award to the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America.

As New Hampshire's Community Tree Farm of the Year, the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America hosted the annual New Hampshire Tree Farm Field Day at their Tree Farm Griswold Scout Reservation in Gilmanton Iron Works on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Events for the day included tours of the Tree Farm, educational programs, a pig roast/chicken barbecue, and many other activities and demonstrations that educated and entertained approximately 100 children and adults alike.

Caption: Chris Hopkins, Bryan Boyajian, and John Rolfson (of Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America) accept the New Hampshire Community Tree Farm of the Year plaque at the annual Farm and Forest Exposition in Manchester, NH.

Photo left to right: From left to right: Chris Hopkins, Communications and Marketing Director, Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, Bryan Boyajian, Head Ranger, Griswold Scout Reservation, John Rolfson, Ranger, Griswold Scout Reservation, Consulting Forester Ron Klemarczyk, N.H. Tree Farm Program Treasurer Bob Hardy, N.H. Division of Forests & Lands Director Brad Simpkins, N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan, Forester Sumner Dole N.H. Tree Farm Chair, N.H. Commissioner Agriculture, Markets & Food Lorraine Stuart Merrill..




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