The NHTOA and UNH Cooperative Extension are teaming up to offer a landowner workshop series to help landowners be prudent woodlot owners. Each session starts at 5:30 with a light supper and mingling, with presentations, discussions, and questions and answers to follow. Each class will conclude at 8:00 p.m. Location is at the Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, N.H.


Come to one, two, three, or all sessions. Preregistration is required for us to plan for food and handouts. Cost is $25 per class for NHTOA members, $30 per class for non-members. To register, go to the Events page on the websiteand click on the title of the specific class you’re interested in.


Legal Aspects of Owning Land

Feb. 6, 2018. Instructors: Dennis McKenney, New England Forest Consultants; Simon Leeming, Real Estate Attorney with PretiFlaherty.

There are several legal considerations associated with land ownership. Whether you plan to install recreational trails, harvest timber, or grow Christmas trees, legal pitfalls can be problematic for any landowner.  This workshop will provide a brief overview of legal aspects that every land steward should be aware of regardless of management objective. Topics include: deed observation and interpretation, boundary law, property access issues (town road classifications, rights of way), property easements (conservation, transmission lines, etc.), public access, and concerns of liability.


Selling Timber? Do It Right!

Feb.13, 2018. Instructor: Jim Frohn, Grafton County Extension Forester.

Selling timber is a once-in-a-lifetime activity for most landowners. No single activity has such power to significantly improve or degrade your forest. Proper harvesting can provide income, improve wildlife habitat, and can result in new trails, better access, views, and healthy and vigorous forests. Learn the steps to ensure a successful timber sale. Topics include: goals and objectives, role of foresters and loggers, timber sale contracts, laws, and taxes.


Harvesting Timber? Think Taxes

Feb. 20, 2018. Instructor: Andy Fast, Belknap and Strafford County Extension Forester. Landowners who generate income from timber sales are subject to federal income tax. This session will provide a brief overview of timber taxes, then focus on one of the most common federal income tax deductions related to timber income: depletion. Other topics include calculating taxable gain, ownership structure and taxes, classifying income, and using IRS forms. This class will be of interest to landowners harvesting for the first time as well as to those with many timber harvests under their belt.


Your Land, Your Legacy

Feb. 27, 2018. Instructors: Steve Roberge, Cheshire County Extension Forester; Wendy Scribner, Carroll County Extension Forester; Tom Howe, Senior Director of Land Protection Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests. Estate planning and land protection can be a part of a landowner’s woodland stewardship. This session will use the new publication “Your Land Your Legacy: Planning for Every New Hampshire Landowner” and cover the relationship between your forest management plan and estate planning; involving family in estate planning; common conservation options; and the role and responsibilities of land trusts.