FULL - JOIN THE WAIT LIST: Bartlett Experimental Forest Tour - A Review of Eight Decades of Silviculture and Wildlife Habitat


US Forest Service Bartlett Experimental Forest
Pine Street
Bartlett, NH 03812
United States

Cost: Free; space is limited, and registration is required.

This workshop will provide a morning session with presentations focusing on long-term forest research, forest ecology, silviculture, wildlife habitat and the implications forest management has on forest structure, composition and wildlife. In the afternoon, we will tour Bartlett Experimental Forest observing how different harvesting and management practices influence the species composition, growth, and development of the forest and subsequently how these practices influence the habitat for birds and other wildlife.

The Bartlett Experimental Forest encompasses approximately 5,800 acres of land within the White Mountain National Forest that is dedicated to the long-term study of forest wildlife relationships. For the past eight decades, researchers have conducted a variety of timber harvesting operations throughout the forest, tracking the vegetation and wildlife responses to these actions. The forest also contains reserve (no-cut) areas that continue to grow without intervention.  

Research plots established in 1931-2 allow researchers to track how this northern hardwood forest (beech, birch and maple) has developed based on different management practice including selection (cutting individual trees), group selection (removing trees in groups), clear cuts, shelter wood harvests, and unmanaged control areas. Wildlife studies have tracked how these vegetation changes have impacted wildlife use.  See the Bartlett Experimental Forest story map for more information.

During this program, we will visit several sites in the forest, discuss past management activities and how those actions impact a variety of wildlife. 

Credits: SAF Category 1 – 6.5 CFEs available

Please dress for the field.
Lunch is not provided – Please bring your own.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.


8:30 AM – Welcome and Introduction to Bartlett Experimental Forest’s long-term research.

9:00 AM – Eight decades of compositional change in a managed northern hardwood landscape. Mark Ducey, UNH.

10:15 AM – Wildlife Habitat Research Highlights. Mariko Yamasaki, (retired) USFS Bartlett Experimental Forest.

11:00 AM – Current Wildlife Habitat Research at Bartlett – Rebecca Rowe Lab, UNH

12:00 PM– Lunch (Bring your own)

12:30 – 3:30 PM – Field Tour of current and historical research sites at Bartlett Experimental Forest.


Mariko Yamasaki, Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Forest Sciences Laboratory, Retired

Mark Ducey, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

Rebecca Rowe, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

Sean Ashe, Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Bartlett

Steven Roberge, State Extension Forester, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Co-sponsored by: UNH Dept of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentGranite State Division Society of American ForestersNH Division of Forests and LandsUS Forest Service

If you need accommodation to participate in our programming, please contact Steven Roberge at steven.roberge@unh.edu or 603-862-4861, prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to meet your needs, including language access services if requested, which will be provided free of charge.