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Public Input Sought for the Granite State Publication on Good Forestry

October 15, 2008

After more than 10 years, a keystone publication for New Hampshire’s forest landowners, both public and private, and an essential tool for resource professionals, is undergoing revision. The new version of “Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for the State of New Hampshire” (GFGS) will consider new scholarship in the field of natural resources and address issues raised by natural resource professionals, landowners and the public.

According to UNH Cooperative Extension specialist Karen Bennett, who is the project director, “Public input is an important part of revising this publication. To that end, a newly-created Web site www.goodforestry.org will help inform the public of the status of the project, as well as collect public opinion on the first edition through an online survey.”

Bennett noted the Cooperative Extension is overseeing the entire project, with funding from Northeast Utilities Foundation, Inc. The steering committee will consider all results, which will remain confidential.

Survey questions include asking the public about use of the current Good Forestry publication, their assessment of the first edition, and suggestions for the revised document. The survey only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is available through December 1, 2008.

The first edition of GFGS was a joint effort by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development’s Division of Forests and Lands, authored by 24 stakeholders of New Hampshire’s forestry. The effort also included hundreds of individuals and organizations statewide, providing thoughtful comments in the process of drafting GFGS.

The project steering committee represents stakeholders from all segments of the forestry community, including the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, N.H. Fish and Game, Cooperative Extension, N.H. Timberland Owners Association, N.H. Tree Farm, the U.S. Forest Service, the forest products industry, and many other conservation organizations. The committee’s goal is to identify where the publication needs improvement and where information may be lacking. They will also identify technical teams to handle the writing and revision process.

Funding for the revision of Good Forestry in the Granite State document is provided by the Northeast Utilities Foundation, Inc. For more information on the Good Forestry Project and to take the survey, visit www.goodforestry.org. To receive a paper copy of the GFGS survey, contact Kristina Ferrare at 2-3883 or email kristina.ferrare@unh.edu.

For more information on the Good Forestry in the Granite State project, contact Karen Bennett, project manager, Cooperative Extension, 2-4861 or email karen.bennett@unh.edu.

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