Here are some great websites/blogs that have information about land and wildlife:
This is a wonderful group that will keep you informed of workshops, volunteer opportunities and events related to conservation and wildlife. Get on their email list and you will have one place to see many NH events.
A fantastic place for learning about resources available for FREE to help you manage your land. It includes experts in wildlife, forestry, meadows and grasslands and many other subjects.
Lots of great information about NE wildlife and local resources. This link is to the wildlife page. You can also use the main site to find local maps of your town (like the one I have posted on the “Plan” age that show the habitats and conservation status of your area.
REAL HUMANS WILL HELP YOU FOR FREE!
The Cooperative Extension folks at the University of New Hampshire (see website above) are an amazing resource for information on forestry, wildlife, conservation and many other subjects. You can contact them, and they will come out to your land and walk around (like they did for me on August 11, 2016 – see “The Plan” page) and give you very specific advice on how you can achieve the goals for your land. It’s fun to have them identify tree and plant species, spot wildlife and signs of wildlife, and generally see things on your land that you might not see or appreciate on your own.
Whether you have an acre that you would like to be more wildlife and pollinator friendly, or 200 acres that you would like to log, they can help you think about various options, and give you information about local resources that you may then hire to do the actual work, like loggers, or folks that brush hog, etc.
NIFTY THINGS THAT ARE HELPFUL
“Buckthorn Blaster” is listed for buckthorn cut stump control. It is used to apply herbicide to freshly cut stumps, and can be ordered with an indicator dye so you can see what you treated. Its basically a simple plastic bottle with a little foam cap that dispenses when you press it to the stump. Very convenient.
You can buy the bottles, caps and little plastic cap removers at http://www.landscape-restoration.com/product. You can also buy the glyphosate, but its cheaper to buy it locally and dilute it to the concentration they recommend (18-20%). [I know I can hear some of my friends gasping in disbelief that I advocate using herbicide, but give the risk/benefit of having invasives ruin my landscape, and the VERY controlled and careful application which does not involve spraying, I think it makes sense.]
Next – I need to figure out a brush cutting tool that is easy enough for me to use so that I don’t always have to hire someone with a brush hog for various little jobs. Stay tuned for that one.