Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year: Kimball Wildlife Forest Celebration and Tour

Sat, 10/05/2019
9:00am - 1:00am
Kimball Wildlife Forest trailhead and parking area
2355 Lake Shore Road
Gilford, NH 03249

This event is co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA), Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Granite State Division/Society of American Foresters, and NH Division of Forests and Lands

Educational Tour and Celebration

A wealth of management activities have occurred on this property since the town acquired it and we will visit some of the more recent projects. 

  • Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee while you hike the well-maintained trails and view the interpretive signs the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee installed.
  • Learn about an 8-acre prescribed burn conducted at the top of Locke’s Hill in 2018 to restore the Appalachian Oak-Pine habitat. This forest type provides a rich food source for wildlife such as ruffed grouse, turkey, black bear, squirrels, mice and chipmunks. In turn, raptors such as northern goshawk feed on small mammals and find nesting and perching sites in white pines in the tree canopy. 
  • Visit a forest opening created to enhance habitat diversity.  Much of NH’s forests are 70 to 100 years old, and newly regenerating areas provide important food and cover for many wildlife. Bird surveys were conducted prior to the timber harvest to see what species were using the forest.  We’ll learn about what wildlife are expected to use this re-growing forest.
  • UNH researchers will share their preliminary findings from a “Crop Tree Study” conducted on the Kimball Forest.  Researchers identified 60 trees as future “crop trees.” Neighboring trees that were competing with the selected crop trees were removed to allow the crop trees to develop larger, healthier crowns. The study is evaluating how the trees respond to different levels of thinning. 
  • Visit an old quarry where rock was removed to build the Kimball Castle. The quarry now serves as vernal pool habitat.
  • Join us for hotdogs and hamburgers back at the parking lot and trail entrance.
Presenters:
  • Tim Nolin – Licensed Forester, Forest Land Improvement 
  • Andy Fast -  Extension Forest Industry Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Adele Fenwick - Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH
  • Matt Tarr - Extension Wildlife Specialist,  UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Ethan Belair - Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH
  • Sandra McGonagle - Chair of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee
  • Scott J. Dunn - Town Administrator, Town of Gilford   

There is no cost to participate in this event. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. This event is rain or shine.  For questions or to register, contact: Rita Carroll at rcarroll@forestsociety.org or call her at NH Tree Farm Program Office at (603) 224-9945 x33

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