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About Forests and Lands 

Forests and Lands is a Division of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED). As stewards of New Hampshire's forests and related resources, the Division of Forests and Lands protects and promotes the values provided by trees, forests, and natural communities.

Our mission is accomplished through responsible management of the State's forested resources; by providing natural resource information and education to the public; and through the protection of these resources for the continuing benefit of the State's citizens, visitors, and forest industry.

The statutory authority and guidance for the Division is set forth in Title XIX-A Forestry where it states the agency "shall execute all matters pertaining to forestry, forest management, and forestlands, within the jurisdiction of the State..."

How We Are Organized

The Division of Forests and Lands consists of six (6) units: the Bureau of Forest Management, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Forest Protection, the Bureau of Planning & Community Forestry, the Bureau of Natural Heritage, and Cooperative Forestry Programs through an agreement with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

These units of the Division are responsible for carrying out forestry activities on more than 200,000 acres of State-owned land, management of the State Forest Nursery, native plant protection, land acquisition and disposal, administering leases and permits for State lands, maintenance of the State land property records and boundaries, surveying, enforcement of forestry laws in the state, monitoring and responding to forest insect and disease infestations, forest fire control, management of four forestry education and demonstration centers (Fox Forest, Shieling Forest, Urban Forestry Center and Taylor Up-and-down Sawmill) and, statewide forest resource planning, implementing research-based outreach educational programs in forest stewardship, urban and community forestry and forest industry economic development.

Click on the navigation to the left to learn more about the Divison of Forests and Lands.