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Outstanding Community Tree Farm of the Year

As of 2007, New Hampshire was pleased to announce the creation of this new award. The award recognizes outstanding Tree Farms of a more public nature such as: town forests, schools, and other such organizations that are members of the New Hampshire Tree Farm Program that are unable to compete in the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year contest because of their public nature. We hope more of our public land will become working forests, increasing their value to their communities as a whole and educating the public on sustainable forestry.

2016 Winner:

Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America - 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. 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.

2015 Winner:

Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center - Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, which encompasses over 1,200 acres in the towns of Greenfield, Francestown, and Bennington, exemplifies sound forest management and long term forest stewardship. Education and health are central tenets of Crotched Mountain rehab, which serves children and adults with disabilities. There are approximately 150 children and 60 adults that are residents of the facility. The leadership of Crotched Mountain has had a strong land ethic for many years. Even though their primary focus is on human health and rehabilitation, caring for their forest land is an important part of their overall philosophy. They feel that it is important to the health and well-being of their staff and patients to have a strong connection to the forest and to nature. Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center is a prime example of environmental vision and forward thinking. The management of their forestland is a shining example of sound and sustainable forest stewardship. The Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center has truly made a positive impact in the local community and in the NH Forestry community as a whole.

2012 Winner:

University of New Hampshire Woodlands - UNH woodlands comprises 3,800 acres of working forests, with almost half of its acreage located in Durham, nearly half in Carroll County, and the rest in several other properties scattered across the state. Every year there are on average 5,000 educational visits to the woodlands, public outreach activities, and research in a number of areas including the growth and health of white pine trees, climate impacts on forest ecosystems, and regional air quality monitoring. Students in both the four-year and two-year forestry degree programs use the lands extensively, as do many other courses within and outside the college.

Learn more about UNH Woodlands.

2008 Winner:

Proctor Academy - Proctor Academy in Andover with 2,405 acres managed as a Tree Farm since 1983, is an excellent example of an educational forest and public resource to be utilized for the benefit of the community. Their Tree Farm exemplifies long term forest stewardship for timber, wildlife, recreation and maple syrup production. They have actively managed their Tree Farm with assistance from natural resource professionals and use these opportunities to teach children about these resources, which helps educate a new generation of forest stewards on how to manage land for long term ecological, economic, and social values that sustain our rural quality of life.

2007 Winner:

Town of Conway - The town of Conway's 1,580 acre Tree Farm, established in 2002 is an excellent example of a working town forest. The town's activities on their forest include a 480 acre harvest, 15 acres of timber stand improvement, seven acres of permanent wildlife openings, and more than five miles of recreational trails.



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