WOOD Products

From Christmas trees to saw logs, biomass to paper, lumber to mulch, firewood to medicinal herbs, New Hampshire Tree Farms provide the products needed for commercial and personal use. These products are marketed not only in New Hampshire but also world-wide.

Clean WATER (and Air)

New Hampshire Tree Farms can help improve water quality by capturing rainwater, reducing and slowing runoff, trapping sediments, and recharging underground aquifers. Skid trails, stream crossings, recreational trails, and access roads that are poorly constructed or improperly maintained can cause soil erosion and lead to sedimentation into streams, ponds, and other bodies of water, negatively impacting water quality and the larger ecosystem.

New Hampshire Tree Farms also have positive impacts on the air we breathe. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They clean the air by removing particles, odors, and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxide, ammonia, and sulfur dioxide that settle on trees’ leaves or needles.

WILDLIFE Conservation

Habitat loss is the greatest threat to wildlife. New Hampshire Tree Farms’ diverse forests provide viable habitats that attract native species to the area. Different varieties of shelter – in the form of large brush piles, clean water in streams, native trees and plants that provide nuts and berries, standing dead trees (snags) for cavity nesters, woodland openings (patch cuts), and field edges – attract and support wildlife.

RECREATION

A range of recreational activities takes place at New Hampshire Tree Farms, including: biking, birding, hiking, mountain orienteering, photography, picking berries and mushrooms, running, tracking, and tree identification, along with hunting, fishing, and camping.

It’s important to remember that public access to New Hampshire Tree Farms is not a right – it is a privilege granted by the Tree Farmer, so it’s important to check on accessibility before making plans to enjoy a specific New Hampshire Tree Farm.

Forest Health

Sound forest management is key to having a healthy forest. New Hampshire Tree Farms promote healthy forests, sustain plants and animals, provide clean air and water, and provide a broad range of forest products. It’s important to protect woodlands by staying informed of threats and monitoring for signs of their presence. Diseases, insects, invasive species, drought, wildfire, climate change, and windstorms can adversely impact a healthy forest. Proactively working to prevent and control these threats helps keep forests healthy.

Land Stewardship

New Hampshire’s forest lands protect wildlife and habitats, maintain clean water and air, provide recreational opportunities in a healthy environment, and help to economically sustain and stabilize our local communities. Because they are sustainably managed, Tree Farms help to sustain these benefits over the long-term.

Employment Opportunities in Forestry

Tree Farms create demand for services in these areas:

  • Forest and Conservation Management
  • Logging Contractor
  • Consulting Forester (usually self-employed)
  • Urban Forester (towns and cities)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist (private and government)
  • Land Surveyor (private and government)
  • Conservation Easement Steward (Land Trusts)
  • Forest Policy Advocate (Public Affairs Consultant)
  • Forest Land Use Planner (Regional Planning Commissions)

A two- or four-year college degree in Forestry may be needed to pursue these opportunities. Specific areas of study include:  economics, forest biology, forest ecology, forest inventory, forest soil science, forest wildlife biology, geographic information systems, growth and yield, silviculture, tree improvement, and wood science.

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