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50 Years of College Woods Natural Area

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Join the College Woods Coalition, a group of stakeholders dedicated to permanently protecting and managing College Woods, Wednesday, May 9, as they mark 50 years of the College Woods Natural Area with a rededication ceremony. The College Woods Natural Area is approximately 60 acres within the 250-acre College Woods, a “living laboratory” and recreational resource adjacent to campus.

Once the woodlot of Benjamin Thompson, who donated the land for College Woods via his 1891 will, the College Woods Natural Area was designated as protected in 1961. Since that time, nothing has been done to alter natural processes within the natural area; dead or dying trees have been removed only when they pose a safety hazard. On its website, the College Woods coalition notes that the natural area “is not permanently protected – it carries only a verbal statement of conservation by the university.”

The rededication ceremony takes place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Colovos Road entrance to College Woods. For more information, go to http://nre.unh.edu/college-woods-coalition or contact Professor Emeritus James Barrett at jbarrett@unh.edu or Jpb0620@myfairpoint.net.