FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2019
Kimball Wildlife Forest honored by NH Tree Farm Program
The N.H. Tree Farm Program has announced that Kimball Wildlife Forest in Gilford has been named the 2019 Outstanding Community Tree Farm of the Year.
The Town of Gilford manages Kimball Wildlife Forest as a habitat demonstration area. The property was once part of the estate of Boston and Maine Railroad President Benjamin Kimball; it was transferred to the town in 1981 with the stipulation that the land be used for wildlife study and management.
In recognizing the forest as the Outstanding Community Farm of the Year, the N.H. Tree Farm Committee noted that Gilford “has been a model for how involved citizens, town officials and natural resource professionals can work together to manage a property for multiple objectives, including wildlife, timber, recreation, research, education and more.”
A walking tour and cookout at Kimball Wildlife Forest will take place on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Attendees will be able to use the trail system, learn how vegetation benefits wildlife, visit a former quarry that now functions as a vernal pool, view the site of an eight-acre prescribed burn and more.
There is no cost to attend but registration by Oct. 2 is requested for planning purposes. Contact Rita Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the N.H. Tree Farm Program Office at (603) 224-9945 x331.
For more details, visit nhtreefarm.org.
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 locally owned public lands 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 co-sponsored by the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters, the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, the N.H. Timberland Owners Association and UNH-Cooperative Extension. It is based on the American Tree Farm System and is operated by volunteers through the New Hampshire Tree Farm Executive Committee.
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.