New grants to UNH Extension will manage and protect N.H.'s forests

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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UNH Extension’s forest stewardship group received two grants recently that will help manage and protect New Hampshire’s forests. With funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service ($100,000), Extension will demonstrate and evaluate innovative forest management practices designed to optimize carbon benefits that help to mitigate climate change and qualify landowners to participate in carbon markets, while also enhancing the adaptive capacity of forests to withstand the impacts of climate change. A grant from the White Oak Initiative ($57,314) aims to increase production of white oak seedlings at New Hampshire’s state nursery.

“New Hampshire is the nation’s second forested state, and Extension is always working to ensure our forests are healthy, resilient and productive for future generations of Granite Staters,” says Steven Roberge, Extension forestry specialist and professor.