Urban Forestry center

Introduction and History


One of New Hampshire's most unique resources is not found on a majestic mountain top... or in the state's many lakes, rivers, and streams... or even within its forests. It's actually located on a quiet road on the outskirts of Portsmouth, just waiting to be discovered by anyone who values New Hampshire's woodlands and natural resources.

The Urban Forestry Center was established in 1976, and was given to the people of New Hampshire through a generous bequest by John Elwyn Stone, a direct descendant of John Langdon, the first governor of the state. Mr. Stone's gift consists of 182 acres of field, forest, and saltmarsh, several buildings, and the annual interest income from a trust fund. The property is managed by the Division of Forests and Lands of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. The trust is managed by the Bank of New Hampshire - Trust Department.

The Center is used as a Tree Farm to demonstrate proper forest management, a bird and wildlife sanctuary, a garden and landscape demonstration site, and as a learning center offering information and programming in community forestry planning, forest management, ecology, tree and plant identification, and wildlife stewardship.


A.J. Dupere Community Forester
Norman Daroska Property and Maintenance Supervisor
Caroll Carbonneau Grounds Supervisor
Angela Maddux Hammond CFAC Secretary