Request for farmer collaboration, NH, ME, VT

From researchers at the University of New Hampshire (for information; this is not a NEPC-sponsored project):

We are looking for participants for an upcoming study at the University of New Hampshire related to the conversion of forest to pasture.

We have found that there are quite a few farmers locally who are interested in converting woodland to pasture in the form of silvopasture. There isn’t a lot of information available about the effects of different conversion strategies (i.e. total clearing to pasture, or thinning to silvopasture), and we are interested in looking at the impacts of those different strategies in terms of ecosystem services.

We are looking for participants located in central/southern New Hampshire, central/southern Maine, or central/southern Vermont. If you are thinking about converting forest on your property to pasture and are interested in participating, please e-mail Alix Contosta at alix (dot) contosta (at) unh (dot) edu for more details. In your e-mail, please:

1) Tell us where you are located

2) Provide a brief description of the acreage and intended management plan (for example, converting to open pasture or converting to silvopasture)

3) Put ‘Pasture study’ in the subject line.

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