The NHTOA is a non-profit statewide coalition of landowners, forest industry professionals, government officials, and supporters who work together to promote better forest management, conserve our working forests, and ensure a strong forest products industry.
We strive to conserve New Hampshire’s working forests for future generations through public and industry education, legislative advocacy, outreach, and cooperation within the forest community.
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Two new studies, one by Innovative Natural Resources Solutions LLC and the second by Plymouth State University, underscore the high value private timberland ownership brings to the New Hampshire economy. According to these studies, privately owned working lands annually contribute $1,337 per acre in recreation value and $384 per acre in timber value for a total value of $1,721 per acre and $4.53 billion in total estimated economic value on a statewide basis. Public (federal, state/local) lands annually contribute $515 per acre and $1,503 per acre, respectively for total value including recreation and timber value.
"These new studies of working lands highlight the tremendous importance of our privately owned timberlands to the state's economy," said Jasen Stock, executive director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, which commissioned the two studies. "Forests define New Hampshire not just aesthetically, but, as these studies prove, economically and for recreation as well. Good policies to protect private land ownership and maintain markets for the timber these lands grow are crucial to the overall health of our state."
Other facts from the studies:
- Total direct value of recreation on privately owned N.H. timberlands is $1.8 billion.
- Total direct timber value from privately owned N.H. timberlands is $0.8 billion.
- Total taxes paid by timberland owners was $263 million in 2017.
110th NHTOA Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following social-distancing advisories from federal and local health officials. Necessary information has been mailed to all NHTOA members and includes the 2020 Annual Report, an Annual Meeting Supplement with the meeting agenda and other information, materials for voting this year, and instructions on how to register and participate. The meeting will be hosted online by Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director.