The New Hampshire SFI Implementation Committee (NHSIC) invites you to a field day about public land certification on Sept. 22 in Lancaster, N.H. Field day participants will learn about the certification of public lands and how the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard applies to recreation, fisheries, and forest management on public and private land.
The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the N.H. Division of Forest and Land’s North Country Resource Center located at 629B Main Street in Lancaster, N.H. The program begins at 9 a.m. with news and updates from SFI Inc. and news and updates from the NHSIC provided by Kevin McCarthy, chairman. Following the updates, participants will learn about the recreation, forestry, and fisheries management work the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department are doing on the Nash Stream Forest. At 39,619 acres, this multiple use forest is the largest single tract of land the state of New Hampshire owns.
Starting with lunch, the rest of the day will be a series field tours on Nash Stream Forest to observe recent recreation, fisheries, and forestry management work. Charlie Levesque, partner at Innovative Natural Resources Solutions, LLC will provide “an auditor’s perspective” at the field visits. He will talk about how the SFI standard would apply to resource management occurring.
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Introductions – NH SFI State Implementation Committee coordinator, Jasen Stock
9:05 – 10:45 a.m. Indoor updates and presentations
· SFI Inc. update
· NH SFI Implementation Committee update from the NHSIC chairman, Kevin McCarthy
· NH Division of Forest and Lands overview from Brad Simpkins, NH state forester
· Nash Stream management overview and background from Maggie Machinist, forester, NH Division of Forest and Lands
· Trout restoration project overview from John Magee, biologist, NH Fish and Game
10:45 - 11:30 p.m. travel to first field tour and lunch location
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and field tour (recreation) led by Chris Gamache from NH Division of Parks and Recreation. This tour will discuss the recreational goals for the Nash Stream Forest and the challenges of balancing motorized and non-motorized recreational interests.
12:30 – 4 p.m. Multiple field tours of a trout restoration project on Nash Stream, and two silvicultural projects. The trout restoration tour will be led by John Magee and the two silviculture tours will be led by Maggie Machinist and Will Guinn.
**The morning presentation and afternoon tours have been assigned 4.5 category 1-CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters, and 8.0 continuing education credits for the New Hampshire Professional Loggers Program logger certification program.
Please RSVP to the NHTOA office at (603)224-9699 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org