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The five-part "Caring for Your Forest" workshop series provides a comprehensive overview of useful, practical information to guide landowners toward productive, sustainable woodlot management.
Three sessions remain in the series:
Woodlot Valuation and Economics – Online
April 14, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Most woodlot owners will sell timber at some point during their tenure. Learn how trees, sawlogs, and other forest products are measured and sold and how foresters and logging contractors determine stumpage prices. Join Andy Fast, UNH Cooperative Extension Forest Industry Specialist, and Greg Jordan, Rockingham County Extension Forester for a review the economics of owning and managing a woodlot in NH.
Wildlife Habitat Assessment: Part One - Online
April 21, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join Matt Tarr, UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Specialist, to learn techniques you can use to assess, create, improve and maintain foraging, nesting, denning and cover for native birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians on your woodlot.
Wildlife Habitat Assessment: Part Two – In Person
April 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tree Nuts for Turkeys and Other Wildlife. Join NHTOA member and landowner Roscoe Blaisdell, UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Specialist Matt Tarr, and National Wild Turkey Federation Biologist Matt DiBona for a woodlot tour discussing what food do turkey and other wildlife prefer and get the best nutrition from? Learn what species of trees are mast producing trees and how you may be able to increase the presence of these species on your property.
Registration fees per class: Members: $5.00 per person; non-members: $15.00 per person except for "Wildlife Habitat Assessment: Part Two," which is $15.00 for NHTOA members and $25.00 for non-members.
Register on the NHTOA website (www.nhtoa.org); Zoom details will be emailed once registration is complete. Call the NHTOA office for detailed information, (603) 224-9699.
This year's 110th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's meeting, like last year's, will be held online via the Zoom platform.
Information about the meeting, including an Annual Meeting Program and the 2020 NHTOA Annual Report, will be sent to all NHTOA members the week of April 19. The packet will include a card with login information for the virtual Annual Meeting.
On January 15, 2021, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed and issued the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater discharges. The 2021 MSGP will become effective on March 1, 2021 and will replace the 2015 MSGP. Existing MSGP permittees must submit a Notice of Intent to EPA, along with a revised Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, that reflects compliance with new requirements by May 30, 2021. Facilities that have not previously been covered under the EPA MSGP must obtain coverage immediately.
There are several significant changes in the new MSGP that affect permittees in the timber products industry (MSGP Sector A), including sawmills, planing mills, and other facilities where logs are stored and handled. Therefore, familiarity with the new permit is important for members of the New Hampshire Timber Owners Association (NHTOA) and The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA). The most significant changes affecting the timber products sector relate to monitoring of stormwater discharges from timber products facilities. The MSGP permit now requires an expanded schedule of benchmark monitoring, as well as a more robust response to pollutant threshold exceedances by way of Additional Implementation Measures (AIMs) and additional monitoring. Expanded discharge monitoring is also required if a facility meets any of the following conditions: it discharges to any identified ‘impaired waters,’ has seal-coated paved surfaces on site, and/or uses creosote treatment or stores creosote as part of its operations.
In collaboration with NHTOA and NELMA, Stillwater Environmental Engineering (SEE) in Orono, Me., will provide a brief overview training to help timber industry operators and staff to understand and comply with the new 2021 MSGP requirements. SEE professionals have extensive knowledge and experience in providing environmental and regulatory compliance services to industries throughout the Northeast. With many clients in the New Hampshire lumber industry, SEE is in a unique position to offer a customized, industry-specific translation of the new federal requirements.
The online training will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, beginning at 4 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link.