Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Urban Forestry Center: Forests and Salt Marsh



Description:
The Urban Forestry Center offers a series of self-guided trails, used for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Tree Identification Trail is a self-guided walk that leads visitors through mixed deciduous forest, northern hardwood forest, salt marsh wetland, red pine plantation, and blue spruce plantation. The Goodwin Trail is a two-mile (round-trip) trail that takes visitors through a scenic woodland setting, where native wildflowers, birds, and animals can be seen. The trail also provides visual access to a tidal salt marsh on Sagamore Creek. The marsh is a transition zone from the land to the sea, acting as a buffer between the land’s fresh water and the ocean’s salt water.


Directions:
From I-95, take Exit 5 to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. From the Circle, take Rte. 1 Bypass south. This will merge into Rte. 1 South. Proceed about 2 miles thru a series of five lights. At the next set of lights you should be in the left turn only lane (Yoken's Restaurant will be on your right). Turn left onto Elwyn Road. Take the first left turn (approximately 500 feet) into the Urban Forestry Center road to the parking lot.

Landowner:
State of NH – DRED, Division of Forests & Lands

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Entrance sign for the Urban Forestry Center (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Salt Marsh Trail near eastern side of Sagamore Creek salt marsh (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Large pine trees along the Brooks Trail in the upland forest surrounding Sagamore Creek (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Saline pool in the salt marsh system at Sagamore Creek (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Elevated saline pool near a stream channel in the salt marsh (at low tide) at Sagamore Creek (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Ladyslipper about to bloom in the upland forest surrounding Sagamore Creek. May, 2006  (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Edge of the forest along the Brooks Trail at Sagamore Creek (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Marine life in the salt marsh (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Boardwalk bridge along trail at the Urban Forestry Center (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Stream at the Urban Forestry Center (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Salt marsh system along Sagamore Creek at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH (May) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Salt marsh system in Sagamore Creek below the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH (July) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Urban Forestry Center location map (USGS topo quad)

link: http://www.nhdfl.org/land-conservation/urban-forestry-center/


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