Thanks to Kate Wilcox for these photos of previous MMRG forestry workshops.

Join us for a unique outdoor workshop on Friday morning, November 4, where three forms of logging will be demonstrated on a sustainably managed forest.  The workshop is free and open to the public and will be held at the Branch River Woodlands in Milton, NH from 9:30 to 12:00 pm.  It is co-sponsored by Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT).

Woodlot owners, students, conservationists, and anyone interested in understanding the timber harvest practices they observe in our local forests,  or in seeing new possibilities for forest improvement, are invited to watch both high-tech and ‘micro’ equipment in action.

Consulting forester, Charlie Moreno, will discuss the various timber harvest systems and the associated forestry, with on-site demonstrations by Brent Day, Wm. Day & Sons, Inc., showcasing in-progress cut-to-length and biomass harvest operations, and Larry Hersom of Hersom Logging, showing conventional logging and micro-harvesting techniques.

“What are the differences between the three modes of timber harvesting?  What equipment is used?  Are there advantages and disadvantages?  For what situations are each type of logging best suited?  What forest products are produced?  Is forest improvement possible?” Charlie will answer these questions and more, as you watch the crews at work.

The outing will encompass about 2½ miles of walking on trails and forest roads.  For more directions and to pre-register, please call Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info.

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.