After more than two years and thousands of hours of discussion, writing and revision by hundreds of landowners, foresters, loggers, conservation activists and average citizens, the second edition of Good Forestry in the Granite State - Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire has been released. Originally published in 1997, the revision of Good Forestry incorporates advances in knowledge and changes in forestry markets, practices and state laws. A 24-member steering committee, representing conservation organizations, state agencies and the forest industry led the revision. Mark Zankel, TNC’s Deputy State Director, served on the Steering Committee, while Conservancy staff Jeff Lougee and Doug Bechtel provided essential technical expertise in the writing and review of the publication.
Good Forestry gives landowners, and the professionals who work with them, practical recommendations to care for their forestlands. At The Nature Conservancy, we will use the updated Good Forestry as we work with private landowners on drafting conservation easements, developing and reviewing management plans, and also as we think about management options and key considerations for our own properties. We think the updated version does a great job of reflecting new science and information on the relationship of forest management to wildlife habitats, sensitive areas, and water resources. And, because Good Forestry is frequently referenced in conservation easements, we will highlight the new section on easements to landowners and to our easement monitoring staff.
The publication is a 225-page guide, in a three-ring binder format and each copy comes with a cd. An on-line version is available free at www.goodforestry.org . A copy of the book can be ordered online.