Event Title

Outcomes and Benefits of The Chamberlain-Reynolds Community Forest in Center Harbor, New Hampshire

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mary Ann McGarry

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 5:00 PM

Abstract

Community forests are a growing sector of forest management that emphasize multi-use and collaboration between a broad range of stakeholders. The Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157 acre community forest that abuts Squam Lake in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The Chamberlain-Reynolds forest is managed for recreation by the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) and for timber by the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF). We gathered and measured societal and environmental benefits generated from the forest by analyzing existing documents, conducting visits, and using i-Tree software for further analysis. Since the property’s donation in 1953, the forest has provided the local community with numerous physical and non-physical goods. According to our i-Tree analysis, the wooded area is 89.7% (±1.76) forested, which acts as a carbon sink holding 17,378.60 tons of carbon, worth $612,689.19. The shoreline also has a residential nesting pair of common loons; this is one of only around 250 nesting sites within New Hampshire. According to the Natural Heritage Bureau, the Common Loon is threatened at the state level, and is of “very high importance”. In the summertime, Chamberlain-Reynolds provides an area for 200-400 people to recreate each day by boating, camping, and hiking. For recommendations to increase the forests utility, we recommend targeted citizen science programs, as well as a great emphasis on Leave No Trace principles and infrastructure improvements made to the current trails to reduce erosion. These findings elucidate the importance of, and diverse benefits from, community forests.

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Outcomes and Benefits of The Chamberlain-Reynolds Community Forest in Center Harbor, New Hampshire

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Community forests are a growing sector of forest management that emphasize multi-use and collaboration between a broad range of stakeholders. The Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157 acre community forest that abuts Squam Lake in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The Chamberlain-Reynolds forest is managed for recreation by the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) and for timber by the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF). We gathered and measured societal and environmental benefits generated from the forest by analyzing existing documents, conducting visits, and using i-Tree software for further analysis. Since the property’s donation in 1953, the forest has provided the local community with numerous physical and non-physical goods. According to our i-Tree analysis, the wooded area is 89.7% (±1.76) forested, which acts as a carbon sink holding 17,378.60 tons of carbon, worth $612,689.19. The shoreline also has a residential nesting pair of common loons; this is one of only around 250 nesting sites within New Hampshire. According to the Natural Heritage Bureau, the Common Loon is threatened at the state level, and is of “very high importance”. In the summertime, Chamberlain-Reynolds provides an area for 200-400 people to recreate each day by boating, camping, and hiking. For recommendations to increase the forests utility, we recommend targeted citizen science programs, as well as a great emphasis on Leave No Trace principles and infrastructure improvements made to the current trails to reduce erosion. These findings elucidate the importance of, and diverse benefits from, community forests.