307 Applebee Rd, Milton Mills, NH 03852

Forestry Workshop: The Life of Trees, from Seeds and Saplings to Widow-makers and Carbon sinks

The forest is a living organism, with plants, animals, and microorganisms all coexisting together symbiotically.  So how does one harvest wood yet ensure this fragile balance remains? On Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 10:00 to Noon, please join MMRG and Branch Hill Farm as Forester Dan Stepanauskas leads a fascinating workshop on managing a forest today, from seed germination to species diversification, to mixed aged class trees, and eventually harvest. This conversational workshop will tour a light-touch timber harvest in progress in Wakefield, NH, which will allow us to discuss the near-term and long-term effects of thinning a hardwood stand.  Some of the topics that will also be discussed will include.


  • Is whole tree harvesting a sustainable practice in today’s world?
  • How does the rate of carbon absorption change over the life of a forest?
  • The latest research on how the climate will affect our forest species composition in NH.
  • Working on Native American lands from Maine to North Carolina and Northern Minnesota.
  • Tales of some very old trees.



Daniel Stepanauskas has been a consulting forester in New Hampshire for over thirty-five years.  He practices the sustainable management of private and municipal forest lands, using light-touch management techniques and imitating nature’s design to achieve the desired results.  He is currently also the consulting forester for Tin Mountain Conservation Center and is a board member of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.

A question-and-answer time will be offered following the 10:00 to 12:00 workshop.   For more information, directions and to register for this informative workshop, please contact

Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125, email:  karilygren@gmail.com or register online at www.mmrgnh.org

Registration closes on Thursday, November 18, 2021.


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