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On Thursday evening, March 15, White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) hosted an open house at WMNF's headquarters in Campton, N.H., to present details of the Wanosha Integrated Resource Project (Wanosha IRP). This project will encompass wildlife habitat improvement, trail work (for mountain bikes specifically), campground improvements (including hazard tree removal and canopy opening), and some silviculture timber-stand improvement in an area of approximately 52,000 acres within WMNF from Tripoli Road east to Waterville Valley and south to Campton and the Mad River area.
The Wanosha IRP is part of the WMNF Land and Resource Management Plan that was adopted in 2005 to provide management direction for the national forest. The Project as proposed will include "commercial and non-commercial treatments within abiout 5,000 gross acres of forest stands in the Project boundary; about 3,400 acres within those stands are proposal for silvicultural treatment," according to the Project's Scoping Proposal. "A range of silvicultural treatments from shelterwood to group harvests to clearcutting would project wood products of commercial value; create small and large openings in the forest to allow regeneration of trees and other vegetation; provide additional growing space to enhance crown and bole development; and encourage the establishment of shade-intolerant species in the understory. A variety of authorties would be used to accomplish our project objectives including, but not limited to, stewardship auhorities, traditional timber sales, and appropriated funds."
Vegetation and wildlife habitat management goals of the Wanosha IRP include:
  • Reducing hazard fuel loads.
  • Providing sustanable forest products to benefit local economies and communities.
  • Meeting wildlife habitat diversity objectives, including:
    •  Gradually converting stands situated on non-comppatible Ecological Lands Types (ELT) to forest types consistent with land capability. ELTs are determined based on underlying soil types and other ecological factors
    • In the long-term, increasing spruce-fir habitat.
    • Increasing age-class diversity and provide regeneration of stands.
    • Maintaining or increasing aspen-birch habitat.
    • Maintaining current levels of oak, pine, and hemlock within stands.
    • Maintaining historic orchards as permanent wildlife openings.
The project is still in the comment stage; a final plan won't be developed until next year, and the project won't begin until September 2019. However, comments are due by March 26, 2018. To submit written comments by letter, address to:
    Brooke Brown, District Ranger
   
Pemigewasset Ranger District
   
71 White Mountain Drive
    Campton, NH  03223
 
Submit by fax to: (603) 536-3685, ATTN: Wanosha Integrated Resource Project, c/o Brooke Brown
 
Submit by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
More information (links):
 
 
    
 

 

This year's Blackfly Breakfast, the 20th annual, will be held on Tuesday, April 17, in Henniker, and this year there will be an afternoon seminar in addition to the usual morning program.

Join your fellow foresters and loggers for the market roundup, other updates, and a commemoration of the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938. Author Steve Long will describe a time before chainsaws and skidders when New England's equivalent to Hurricane Katrina hit our forests; he will also describe the results of the storm that we see etched on the land today.
 
Stay for the optional afternoon workshop (space limited) to learn about the new Dirt to Trees to Wildlife mapper. DTW is an online tool and you will set up a free ArcGis account and develop a report for a tract of your choice.
 
More information about the 20th Annual Blackfly Breakfast can be found online.
 
NOTE: UNH Cooperative Extension has a new online registration system. It requires you to set up a one-time user name and password account. To register for the Blackfly Breakfast, click here. Mail-in registration will also be accepted -- print the brochure for the mail-in sheet. Credit cards are only accepted online. 
 
The annual Mud Season Breakfast will be held in the North Country on April 27 -- details from UNH Cooperative Extension still to come.
Andy Fast at the UNH Cooperative Extension has put together a new fact sheet regarding federal taxes on timber income and expenses for the 2017 tax year. (Note: the fact sheet does not include changes made by the new tax law, which covers the 2018 tax year.) 
The fact sheet can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
 

The rescheduled North Country hearing on proposed new rules for wetlands issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) will be held on Thursday, March 15. The rescheduled hearing, which will be held at the North Country Resource Center at 629B Main Street in Lancaster, will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

As reported in previous editions of the Forest Fax, the draft proposal is a major disappointment, and if adopted would severely impact any forestry project with a wetland or stream crossing. The proposal is a complicated, overly burdensome, and, in places, impenetrable document. The NHTOA's full comment on the proposal can be read here. 

The NHTOA urges members to attend Thursday's hearing and let DES know the draft proposal needs to be scrapped and a new proposal drafted from scratch.

The previous hearing on the draft proposal, held in Keene on March 5, was well covered by the local newspaper, the Keene Sentinel, and the report can be read here. 

Written comments on the draft proposal are due April 20 and should be addressed to: Attention: Mary Ann Tilton, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a link to more information on the rulemaking process:

 
If you have any questions please contact Jasen Stock at the NHTOA.