Woods Without Gile
Springfield, NH 03284
We are excited to welcome NH Tree Farmers to this well-managed forest in Springfield and Wilmot, NH. Tucked in next to the Gile State Forest, Ann and Marc Davis named their Tree Farm “Woods Without Gile”.
After purchasing the property in 2002, the Davises early activities focused on removing trees damaged by the 1998 ice storm as well as establishing a good access system throughout the property.
In the past 20 years, the Davises have conducted 4 timber harvests to improve the timber quality and enhance the habitat diversity on their 500+ acre property.
Working with their forester, Tim Wallace, the Davises have created openings across the property to regenerate the forest and provide young forest habitat for wildlife.
The Davises established 8 miles of trails and, where possible, installed skidder bridges over brooks to minimize impacts on water quality.
With a goal of ensuring that their Tree Farm remains a working forest in perpetuity, the Davises donated a conservation easement to the Ausbon-Sargent Land Preservation Trust in 2007.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:
8 AM - Registration Begins: Check out co-sponsor displays, Tree Farm auction, raffle, and merchandise. Visit the “Forever Locked” moose display on-site. These moose were found on the adjacent Gile State Forest.
8:30 – 11:30 AM Wildlife Habitat and Woodland Access Tour: Join Ann and Marc Davis, landowners; Tim Wallace, licensed forester; Extension State Wildlife Specialist Matt Tarr; and Dode Gladders, Extension’s Sullivan County Forester, for a guided tour along well-maintained trails to see some of the management activities on the property. View early successional habitat cuts designed to create beaver habitat. Learn about the bird species utilizing the property. Visit openings created to salvage damaged timber while retaining softwood growth.
This walk is on undulating, relatively level terrain; loop trails allow for easy access back to the tent area.
10 – 11:30 AM Protecting Trees from the Emerald Ash Borer & West Side Loop Trail: Take a walk through an old sugar maple grove and visit a stand of treated ash trees with Tim Fleury, Merrimack County Extension Forester, and Kyle Lombard, State Forest Health Specialist. Kyle will be demonstrate tree injections and will discuss the latest biocontrol efforts in the state. Enjoy the beautiful views from the Davises meadow/picnic area.
This walk includes a moderate uphill walk.
Noon – 2 PM Lunch: (Chicken barbeque and pig roast), awardpresentation, raffle/auction
2 PM Safe Travels