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    Intro To Eco Reserves Intro To Eco Reserves Presentation Transcript

    • Forest Society Ecological Reserves (EcoReserves) Bretzfelder Park Bethlehem, NH February 27, 2008 Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Peter Woods Ellis
      • Background
      • The Goal of
      • EcoReserves
      • Criteria for Selection
      • Virtual Tour
    • 156 Reservations 42,500 Acres
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    • Pieces Patterns Processes
    • The Goal of Natural Areas “ To sustain the elements of biodiversity and ecological processes that are present; other uses are secondary.”
      • protect aspects of biological diversity that are rare, exemplary, or in some other way significant
      • restore and maintain ecological processes
      • serve as benchmarks for forest management on other lands and environmental change
      • serve as source areas for plants and animals to recolonize disturbed areas
    • Criteria for Selection
      • Rare Plants and Animals
      • Exemplary Natural Communities
      • Critical Wildlife Habitats
      • Uncommon Geologic Features
      • Exemplary Aquatic Communities
      • Ecological Linkages
      • Deed or Donor Restricted Areas
      McGreal Forest
    • Eco-Reserve Classes Class 1 - Strict Nature Reserve No harvesting or manipulation except in the case of an emergency Class 2 - Habitat/Species Management Area “ Active intervention and vegetation management is allowed only in order to insure the maintenance of habitats, meet the requirements of specific species, and/or maintain or enhance other priority ecological values.”
    • Fee-owned Properties 156 Reservations 42,500 Acres
    • Monadnock Lost River Kaufmann EcoReserves 31 EcoReserves 6,500 Acres (15%)
    • Dame Forest
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    • Dame Forest
    • Dame Forest - Rare Plants Pale green orchid ( Platanthera flava ) Large bur-reed ( Sparganium eurycarpum )
    • Dame Forest - Rare Animals Osprey ( Pandion haliaetus ) Blanding’s turtle ( Emydoidea blandingii )
    • Semi-rich Appalachian oak – sugar maple forest Dame Forest - Natural Communities
    • Dame Forest - Habitat
    • Merriman Forest
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    • Criteria Met
      • Exemplary Natural Communities:
      • Dry red oak – white pine forest (S3S4)
      • Red oak – pine rocky ridge (S3S4)
    • Criteria Met Steep Slopes (>35%)
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    • Harmon Preserve
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    • Harmon Preserve
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    • Gap Mountain
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    • Semi-rich mesic sugar maple forest Red oak – pine rocky ridge Gap Mountain - Natural Communities
    • Gap Mountain - Geology Concord Granite
    • Gap Mountain - Rare Plants Goodenough's sedge ( Carex nigra ) Squirrel corn ( Dicentra canadensis )
    • Gap Mountain - Sedge Restoration
    • Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area (MROECA)
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      • 1. Rare Plants and Animals
      • - Northern leopard frog ( Rana pipiens ) (S3)
      • - Wood turtle ( Clemmys insculpta ) (S3)
      • Bald Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) (S1)
      • 2. Exemplary Natural Communities
      • - Rich sugar maple – oak – hickory terrace forest (S1)
      • - Silver maple – false nettle – sensitive fern floodplain forest (S2)
      • - Oxbow buttonbush swamp (S3)
      • Oxbow marsh (S3)
      • 3. Critical Wildlife Habitats
      • - Floodplain forest: WAP Tier 1
      • - Non-tidal coastal marsh: WAP Tier 3
      • - Hemlock – hardwood – pine: WAP Tier 3
      • Appalachian oak – pine: WAP Tier 3
      • 4. Uncommon Geologic and Physical Features
      • Glacial Lake Merrimack delta
      • 5. Exemplary Aquatic Communities
      • - The Merrimack River
      MROECA
    • MROECA - Natural Communities
    • Rich sugar maple – oak – hickory terrace forest Silver maple – false nettle – sensitive fern floodplain forest MROECA - Natural Communities
    • MROECA - Wildlife
    • Oxbow marsh MROECA - Natural Communities Purple loosestrife ( Lythrum salicaria )
    • MROECA - Invasive Plant Control
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    • Yatsevitch Forest
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    • Criteria Met Exemplary Natural Community: -Rich Mesic Forest
    • Criteria Met Rare Plants: Galearis spectabilis (Showy Orchis) Dryopteris goldiana (Goldie’s Wood Fern)
    • Criteria Met Uvularia grandiflora (Large-Flowered Bellwort) Dicentra canadensis (Squirrel-corn) Hydrophyllum virginianum (Northern Waterleaf) Rare Plants:
    • Criteria Met Sanicula trifoliata (Three-leaved Sanicle) Senecio obovatus (Round-leaved Ragwort) Uncommon Geologic and Physical Features -Gile Mtn. Formation: Interbedded slate/phylite, calcite-ankerite metasiltstone, and greenschist. -Steep slopes (>35%) Rare Plants:
    • Criteria Met Ecological Linkages
    • Yatsevitch Forest Invasive Plant Treatment