Britton Lumber owner Bob Moses leads student tour of his eastern white pine mill in Bath.
Joe Carrier of HHP shows high school students the pallet shop.

Bath and Henniker, N.H. (May 21 and 23, 2024) – Over two days 70 high school-age students—they were from high schools, charter schools, and the home-schooled population—traveled to two sawmills and two timber harvests to find out whether they would like to make a career in the forest products industry. These “New Hampshire Forest Career Field Trips” were arranged by New Hampshire Timberland Owners’ Association (NHTOA), working with the New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, the UNH Cooperative Extension, the Northern Border Regional Commission, and the N.H. Timberland Owners’ Education Foundation. On May 21 students from northern schools visited the Britton Lumber Company, an Eastern white pine sawmill, in Bath and a nearby timber harvest by H.B. Logging from Monroe, N.H. On May 23 students from southern and central New Hampshire toured HHP, a hardwood sawmill, in Henniker and a timber operation managed by Meadowsend Timberlands and operated by Whyte’s Logging in the Maude Jones Memorial Forest in Weare. Both timber harvests were being done to improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

At the Bath white-pine mill, members of the Moses family, who own the facility, led the teenagers and their teachers on tours of the entire facility. The mill employs dozens of local residents, who move timber with heavy equipment, operate the mill machinery, and sort and grade the lumber before it goes to market. At the nearby timber harvest, Heath Bunnell of H.B. Logging explained the operation from the felling of trees to hauling away the logs on a particularly challenging site.

At the Henniker mill, which is owned by the Carrier Group, staff members gave tours of the large, modern industrial site, which produces several products from dimensional hardwood lumber to sawdust. The tour of the timber operation at Weare town forest was led by a foresters and timber harvesters from Meadowsend Timberland and Whyte’s Logging. Students saw a feller buncher, a grapple skidder and several other pieces of heavy equipment at work. Students  also had an opportunity to meet forest rangers from the N.H. Division of Forest and Lands.

The NHTOA thanks the teachers and staff of Gorham, Newfound, Kearsarge, Manchester School of Technology, Mt. Prospect, and Bow and others for making time in the busy end of the academic year to learn about the forest products industry of New Hampshire.