From 8am until 1pm

At Meet at Grants Parking Lot in Glen

Old-growth forests are rare in New Hampshire. This field trip is an opportunity to learn how to recognize old-growth forests and to understand why they are so important for biodiversity. We will discuss several other values that these forests provide. David will provide a checklist of old-growth characteristics for participants to use for notes on this and future visits. Using measuring tools such as a diameter tape, clinometer, increment borer, and prism will be demonstrated. We will discuss the importance of stand history and aerial imagery from readily available sources to help recognize potential old-growth forests. A list of references and other places to see old-growth forests in New Hampshire will be provided by David.

This easy-rated hike is a two-mile round trip with minimal elevation gain. We will, however, be off-trail for most of the session and walking on uneven ground with fallen branches and logs. Bring water, lunch, a pencil, and clothing for the weather. Binoculars, a camera, and a hand lens are helpful.

David Govatski is a retired forester and silviculturist who has studied and explored old-growth forests and ancient trees across North America. 

Advance registration required. Call 447-6991 to register.

Sponsored in part by the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund at the NH Charitable Foundation