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Forestry - New Hampshire

With New Hampshire being nearly 85% forested, NRCS in the state regularly works with forest landowners to address resource concerns on their lands. Here you can find out more about forestry conservation practices in the Granite State.

New Hampshire - a Forest State:

New Hampshire was haven in the New World - towering Eastern White Pine trees dotted the rolling hills, a stark difference to the Old World from which the first European settlers came. It was estimated that 90% of the state was forestland.

Many of these trees where harvested to build ships and communities and were considered an inexhaustable supply. 

By the mid 19th century if was found that they humans could indeed exhaust the supply of timber. By 1850 nearly 70% of the land south of the, now White Mountain National Forest, was deforested. With the expansion of railroads the Northern forests were heavily deforested after that. 

What happened? 

The conservation movement ... elaborate.


New Hampshire Forests Now:

New Hampshire is second only to our neighbor, Maine as most forested states by percentage. Sitting as number atop the list, New Hampshire is 85% forested with most forested land being owned by non-industrial, private forest landowners.

forest stream
Forests Mean Diversity

A Bounty of Wildlife


How to Achieve a Healthy Forest:

The first step to having a healthy productive forest is a clear, comprehensive Forest Management Plan (FMP)

The NRCS’s conservation planning process, can help you clarify your forest stewardship goals and objectives. This process will aid in identifying the resource concerns affecting your forestland and will enhance your ability to reach your forest stewardship goals.

Don Keirstead

State Resource Conservationist - State Soil Scientist

Kelly Boland

State Biologist

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