Winter Hike to Heald Timber Harvest

Sat, 02/09/2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
Heald Reservation Forest
114 Heald Rd
Wilton, NH 03086

Co-sponsored by The Society for The Protection of NH Forests and Meadowsend Timberlands.

Introduction to the Careful Timber Harvesting:  Learn from forestry experts about timber harvesting: which trees are marked to cut and why. Visit an active timber sale layout from stumps to the landing. Learn about wood markets, timber volumes and values. Learn about the roles of landowner, consulting forester and logging contractor. Learn how non-timber features including water quality, wildlife habitat and recreation trails are protected and enhanced by careful logging operations.

A mechanized timber harvest on a total of 200 acres of the Heald Forest Reservation will feature a mix of patch cuts, thinning, single-tree and small group selection, as well as reclamation of old fields and former apple orchards to create early successional habitat for wildlife. A 40-acre section of the harvest is a canopy thinning operation designed to regenerate layers of mountain laurel in the understory to create thickets for rabbit habitat. These prescriptions will inform the reintroduction of New England cottontail rabbits in other areas of NH.

Registration: This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Click below to register. Snow Date February 16, 2019.

Parking: Access to parking on timber landings requires a 4WD vehicle.

What to Bring: This vigorous winter hike will access sites of active timber harvesting and includes off-trail hiking in mid-winter conditions on slippery and uneven terrain. Appropriate warm winter clothing, waterproof footwear and traction/snowshoes are mandatory. Distances include minimum of one-mile hike to approach timber harvest areas.


For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact or call (603) 641-6060 prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations.