Bear Brook Forest Management

Bear Brook Forest and Wildlife Management Timber Sale Walk
When: June 10, 2021 from 5-7pm
Where: Hiker Biker parking lot on Podunk Rd
Join us as we will visit the project area where work is planned to explain how the timber harvest will be conducted to meet a variety of objectives including improving forest health, timber quality, and wildlife habitat diversity. Specific topics that will be discussed during this tour include: How timber harvesting will be used to accomplish timber management and wildlife habitat management objectives, using uneven-aged forest management to diversify forest structure, Management consideration for protecting turtle habitat while timber harvesting, balancing timber management objectives and aesthetics in an area with heavy recreational use.
Map of the Project Area:
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About the Project

A forest and wildlife management project is being planned and scheduled for Fall 2021/Winter 2022 by NH Division of Forests and Lands foresters. This project will achieve long term goals that have been developed for the property through the Bear Brook State Park Management Plan. Each forest management project goes through an extensive planning process, including review by multiple State agencies, assessing potential impacts and evaluating soil types to determine the best tree species to manage for. 

Bear Brook State Park has seen active wildlife habitat and forest management projects beginning in the 1940s. This professional management has made significant contributions to the high quality of wildlife habitat and forest resources the park provides. It’s important to note that while these forest management activities do have a temporary visual impact, the results improve long-term forest resiliency in a changing climate.

This project will be conducted in the areas surrounding the hiker/biker parking lot and some of the surrounding trails. The blue paint and various colors of flagging that you may start to see on trees within this area are part of the layout for the upcoming project. The trees that are marked with blue paint will be removed to provide growing space for the remaining trees, as well as increased light for new, young trees to start their new life. The long-term goal is to promote multiple age classes and a diverse forest structure.  The results will benefit multiple wildlife species and create a healthier, more resilient forest.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming project, please contact project forester Billy Kunelius at 603-227-8736 or william.r.kunelius@dncr.nh.gov