CONCORD —The N.H. Tree Farm program will celebrate its 30th annual Tree Farm Field Day at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem on Sat., July 20, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The morning will include a forest management and wildlife habitat tour along the Rocks’ Mile Path – which was built so that city visitors to the property could enjoy the outdoors – and will include the Summer House and Bee House. Visiting the Maple Museum and taking its Virtual Sugar House Tour will also take place before lunch.
In the afternoon, attendees may tour the Christmas tree farm to learn more about agritourism or visit nearby Go Green Wood Products mat log manufacturing facility. Mat logs function essentially as floating bridges, allowing streams to be crossed with a minimum of soil disturbance.
Tree Farms are privately owned forests managed to produce timber with added benefits of improved wildlife habitat, water quality, recreation and scenic values. Municipal watersheds, school forests and other public ownerships may also be certified as Tree Farms. New Hampshire has 1,450 tree farms, totaling 500,000 acres.
The New Hampshire Tree Farm Program is based on the American Tree Farm System and is operated by volunteers through the New Hampshire Tree Farm Executive Committee. Each year, the Committee holds a Tree Farm Field Day to celebrate tree farmers and to provide an opportunity to share ideas and information.
Registration is required by July 15. Cost is $20.00 for 18 and older, $5.00 younger attendees and includes lunch.
For more details, including the registration form, visit nhtreefarm.org.
The N.H. Tree Farm program’s annual Tree Farm Day is sponsored by the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, the N.H. Timberland Owners Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, UNH-Cooperative Extension, and the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters.
Part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Division of Forests and Lands protects and promotes the value provided by trees, forests and natural communities. For more information about the Division of Forests and Lands and the work of its Forest Protection Bureau, visit nh.gov/nhdfl or call 603-271-2214.