FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2020
Susan Francher, N.H. Division of Forests and Lands
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
NH State Forest Action Plan available for public comment through Oct. 15
The New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Division of Forests and Lands has released the draft of the 2020 New Hampshire State Forest Action Plan and is seeking public review and comment through Oct. 15.
The State Forest Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan for New Hampshire’s forests that provides long‐term, comprehensive and coordinated strategies for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing New Hampshire’s forests today.
New Hampshire’s 2020 State Forest Action Plan addresses the three national priorities identified by the U.S. Forest Service:
- Conserve and manage working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses;
- Protect forests from threats; and
- Enhance public benefits from trees and forests.
New Hampshire’s plan builds on these priorities and identifies a suite of 42 recommended strategies and 159 associated actions to address issues, opportunities and program priorities, regardless of ownership.
“Developing the state’s Forest Action Plan provides an opportunity for the Department and the forestry community to assess our priorities for managing and protecting New Hampshire’s forests for the future,” said Sarah Stewart, commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Having healthy and productive forests benefits every one of us, and I encourage New Hampshire residents to review the plan and provide feedback to ensure all voices are heard in this process.”
While the federal Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended in 2008, requires each state forestry agency to develop a State Forest Action Plan, New Hampshire has a long history of collaborative forest planning, beginning in 1952. The 2020 plan will be New Hampshire’s sixth statewide forest resources plan.
The draft plan is posted on the Forests and Lands’ website, nh.gov/nhdfl. Comments may be directed to: Susan Francher, Planning and Community Forestry administrator, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, N.H. 03301 or email@example.com.
The final New Hampshire State Forest Action Plan is due in December 2020.
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, visit nh.gov/nhdfl or call 603-271-2214.