Landowner Workshop – July 22, 2011

Landowner Workshop on Managing Fields and Forest Land – for wildlife and income.

Friday, July 22

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Post Road, Sugar Hill

This free workshop for landowners focuses on managing the kinds of habitats that many people have here in the North Country: fields, wooded wetlands, and forest at various stages of growth. The Friday, July 22 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop will follow the life cycle of woodcock, the iconic spring bird, to illustrate how various habitats are used by wildlife, and how a land management may be considered across a larger landscape.

The workshop will be led by wildlife biologists Will Staats and John Lanier, and UNH county foresters Dave Falkenham and Brendan Prusik.

The workshop starts at 9 a.m. at the home of Doug and Martha Evelyn on Post Road in Sugar Hill with a short slide presentation on habitat change and the particulars of woodcock. We will then head into the field, first in the adjacent meadow where bobolink are now nesting, and then into an alder swamp, where habitat restoration is planned. We will then walk through forest where near term timber harvest is an option, and end up in a forest with longer term high-value timber is maturing and wildlife management options abound.

The day will be very interactive with the emphasis on participants learning from direct observation the kinds of management strategies wildlife specialists and foresters use. Walking will not be difficult, but anticipate it may be wet and/or buggy. Please bring a lunch and water. Dogs are welcome. The session will end at 2 p.m. The land we will visit is all owned by ACT and is encouraged for public recreation and educational use.

Space is limited to please register by calling ACT at 823-7777 or e-mail rbrown@aconservationtrust.org. Copies of “Good Forestry in the Granite State” will be available at the workshop.

 

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