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The Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest (Fox Forest) has been the State of New Hampshire’s forest research station since 1933. The forest is a gift to New Hampshire from Miss Caroline Fox of Arlington, Massachusetts. Miss Fox spent her summers on the property and had an interest in forest management issues. Before her death, Miss Fox also donated to the State a trust fund to finance activities on the property. Since then the Fox Forest Trust has provided regular funds to demonstrate proper scientific forestry, provide areas for applied forest research, provide programs on natural resource management, and develop a forest and property for public access and use.

Presently the forest contains 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/office. Fox Forest Research Research has been focused in two directions, (1) international forest genetics experiments (provenance trials) and (2) applied research focused on local forest management issues. Dr. Henry Ives Baldwin was the first research forester at Fox Forest and he established many of the present day exotic and native tree plantations. He also directed the applied forest management activities including silvicultural and forest products research.

Since then, research topics have included growth studies, planting studies, forest recovery after the 1938 hurricane, pre-commercial thinning studies, charcoal making, herbicide research and investigations of unique forest areas. Fox Forest research presently includes an assessment of timber harvesting in New Hampshire, forest sampling studies, regeneration research for white pine and red oak, uneven-aged management research and growth and yield studies.

                                       Where We Are 

Friends of Fox 28th Annual Winter Outing & Potluck Dinner - Saturday, February 20, 2016
1PM - Join Fox Program Forester Inge Seaboyer at Fox Forest Headquarters (309 Center Road, Hillsborough, NH) for a hike to a recent timber sale at Fox.  Bring your own snowshoes or skis!
5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner in the Baldwin Center: bring your favorite dish to share!  Followed by guest speaker Eric Berry, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Saint Anselm College - "Restoring the American Chestnut:  Blight, Backcross Breeding and the Fox Research & Demonstration Forest Seed Orchard"


The Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series - March 2016 - Some Creatures Great & Small in the Granite State

All programs take place on Tuesday evenings in March from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Baldwin Environmental Center at the Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Road, Hillsborough, NH.

Tues March 1, 7 pm

“Understanding Bobcats in the Granite State”

John Litvaitis,  UNH Wildlife and Conservation Biology graduate student.

Join us to hear what the UNH bobcat research team has learned about this fascinating feline of the New Hampshire forests.

Tuesday March 15, 7 pm

“The Scoop on Ticks & Tick Borne Diseases

Scott Rolfe, Community Forester, NH Division of Forests and Lands.

Learn more about ticks, Lyme disease, co-infections and how to protect yourself and your family from tick borne pathogens. 

Tuesday March 22, 7 pm

“Bats in New Hampshire”

Susi von Oettengen, USFWS Endangered Species Biologist.

Come learn more about the bat species that call New Hampshire home, what is the prognosis for our bats in the face of white nose syndrome.

Tuesday March 29, 7 pm

“What’s Bugging New Hampshire’s Moose”

Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader, New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept.

Fish and Game’s Moose Project leader for 28 years, will present the history, life history and current status of moose in the New Hampshire including the causes of recent declines and results of ongoing research.


Sept 21, 2015 Fox Forest, Hillsborough NH – Three sections of trail on the west side of Fox Forest have been relocated. This includes two portions of the Ridge Trail between Harvey Road and Molly J. Swamp Trail, and a section of the connector between Proctor Road and Chestnut Corner Road. Watch for signs to direct you to the new portions of trail. The old trail sections are discontinued and will not be maintained. 


If you have any questions, please contact Fox Forest
by phone (603-464-3453) or email (