Goal 1: To introduce working forest concepts and teach their values. Increasing public knowledge and appreciation of working forests means better communication between interested individuals, timberland owners, and the forest products industry. That’s why we’ve developed a program designed to provide an overview of what a working forest is and the people who are conserving New Hampshire’s forestland.
To find out more about our informational presentations or promotions, contact Deb Park
Goal 2: Preventing the loss of working forestland to development in NH. When productive forestland is converted to residential or commercial infrastructure, rural communities often suffer higher tax burdens due to the cost of extended services. We hope to decrease the number of acres lost each year to development by teaching landowners how to maximize their long term investment opportunities through timber management and marketing, Current Use and other tax opportunities and conservation options.
To find out more about presentations designed to address this issue, contact Deb Park
Goal 3: Inform students of the many career choices within the forestry/forest products industries. We have developed partnerships with several Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across the state, where students can learn the value of New Hampshire’s working forests and gain exposure to an entire world of opportunity that they usually don’t find in the classroom.
To find out more about educational opportunities for students of all ages, contact Deb Park
Goal 4: To instill responsibility for our working forests within our industries. The forest products industry is New Hampshire’s third largest industry, employing over 10,000 people and impacting our economy with $1.5 billion dollars in revenue annually. However, without our working forests New Hampshire will lose the taxes, revenue, and jobs that help drive our economy.
One of the ways we insure proper usage of the forest is by certifying industry professionals through professional development programs.
To find out more about our available programs, contact Deb Park
Goal 5: To instill responsibility for our working forests within our landowners. Forestland management has many benefits to landowners, the forest products industry and our community. Management by trained individuals assures long-term conservation and enjoyment of our forests.
We teach landowners and other interested parties proper forest management through training programs, seminars and instructional video and PowerPoint presentations.
Call Deb Park if you or your group would be interested in learning more about working with our forests
Professional Loggers Program:
The Professional Loggers Program (PLP) is a voluntary certification program for New Hampshire's loggers. This program teaches basic silviculture, wildlife management, and improving forestland aesthetics. It also teaches forest professionals about laws that govern their work and regulations that need to be followed. Another very important aspect of this course is safety. Every participant receives instruction in basic first aid, CPR, AED and techniques for operating safely and productively.
Certified loggers will have the basic understanding and knowledge necessary to improve their working relationship with New Hampshire's forestry community
Landowners need to also be aware that most large insurers require that loggers and/or foresters working on their land be certified. One of the benefits of an NHTOA membership is access to our database of certified professionals.
To learn more about the New Hampshire Professional Loggers Program and its governing entity, the New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Council (NHTHC), contact Cheri Birch, Program Director at the NHTOA.
View our (PLP) program schedule here
This page includes a link to the current list (in Excel) of Certified Loggers. If you would like to know the certification status of a particular logger or loggers, please call the NHTOA office at (603) 224-9699.