Field Season

Proper identification of natural community types usually requires that component vegetation species be surveyed during the growing season. In New Hampshire, the growing season for herbaceous plant species lasts from late April to about mid-October. During this time NH Heritage ecologists conduct the majority of their field work for a given year.

NH Heritage and Fish & Game biologists explore a beaver meadow near the Concord pine barrens (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

A NH Heritage ecologist conducts a workshop on identifying wetland natural communities (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  A NH Heritage ecologist crosses a beaver dam near Mt. Cardigan Mtn. to get to the forest on the other side (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

An unidentified NH Heritage botanist identifies a sedge (photo by Pete Bowman for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  Coring an old black gum tree in southwestern NH (photo by Pete Bowman for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

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