Protecting N.H.'s Forests and Trees | New Hampshire Public Radio

Protecting N.H.'s Forests and Trees

Aug 30, 2016

New Hampshire’s landscape is full of beautiful sights, sounds and smells - and with very few exceptions, trees. While trees fill our state and have stood tall for decades, they also encounter invasive insects and extreme weather that threaten their health. From backyards to secluded state parks, trees are the background for much that happens in the Granite State. We look at the different ways that trees are protected and maintained throughout the state. 

This show was originally broadcast on 7/25/2016.


  • Scott Ollinger - Professor of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Ron Klemarczyk - consulting forester for communities throughout New Hampshire, including the City of Concord. He is also a special deputy forest fire warden.


More from listeners about trees and forests:

From Facebook:  One day sitting in front of our downtown coffee shop in Keene I overheard two old codgers talking about the parking in downtown and businesses. 

One said to the other "if we cut down all these trees we'd have more room for parking spaces". The other turned and said "we cut down all these trees we won't need all these parking spaces".

The trees in our town can't have a quantifiable value but it is easy to say they are attractive and bring people to our town to shop and stay. Thanks for having this program today.

  • Please remind people that one of the most important things they can do to protect trees from invasive pests is to not move firewood for campfires or other travel.   -Lorraine Merrill, NH Department of Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer
Credit Courtesy David Cappaert / Michigan State,