Thomas Brightman, NHFG: (603)-271-5860
Jay Martin, NHFG: (603) 271-3211
March 25, 2019
KEENE, NH — Join New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and its partners for an evening of presentations and conversations about the history of forests in southwestern New Hampshire, the birds and animals that live in them, and what landowners can do to help restore important wildlife habitat. The program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, in Keene, NH.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dynamic-history-of-forests-in-southwest-new-hampshire-tickets-59054486559. Seating is limited.
Because the forested landscape of the Granite State has changed over time, influenced by both natural and human-caused events, today’s forests often lack the habitat diversity to meet the needs of many wildlife species. The evening’s presentations will highlight the history of the state’s ever-changing forests, habitat impact, and the types of programs available to help the landowner plan and implement the creation and restoration of wildlife habitat, including the young forest environment.
“We are very excited to share the fascinating story of the evolution of New Hampshire’s forests, especially here in the Monadnock Region,” said Tom Brightman, Wildlife Habitat Biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. “As woodlands change over time, landowners should understand the significant impact habitat transitions have on species’ productivity and connectivity. Giving people the information they need to manage their property as an integrated and resilient habitat will benefit future generations of both residents and wildlife.”
The objective of the evening is to define the value of young forest habitats to species such as ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and songbirds such as the Chestnut-sided warbler, among others, and to present landowners with the resources they need to make informed decisions about how to best manage their property to maximize species preservation, specifically through the establishment of young forests.
To learn more about the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Program, visit www.wildnh.com/nongame.
Visit New Hampshire Fish and Game Department partner websites:
- The Monadnock Conservancy www.monadnockconservancy.org.
- The Harris Center for Conservation Education www.harriscenter.org.
- University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension www.extension.unh.edu.
- The Cheshire County Historical Society www.hsccnh.org.