ACC serves as the forest management authority for Amherst's town forests, comprising 11 major areas and totaling almost 1,800 acres. Our forests are
generally categorized has hemlock-hardwood-pine or Appalachian oak-pine.
Most of these forests occur on abandoned agricultural land and are of similar age dating to a historic period of large-scale economic change in New
Hampshire's land use.
As a result, forest management in Amherst focuses on diversifying the age structure of our forests to create a range of habitats for wildlife and to make our
vegetation more resilient to pests and other stressors, including those associated with climate change.
Use our Habitats & Trails map to locate and identify forest types in
town. You can even use this app on your smart phone while hiking.
Forest Management Plan
In 2020, ACC updated the forest management plan for Amherst. The plan seeks to achieve three objectives:
Maintain or improve recreational access
This will be accomplished via several interventions including the removal of invasive species and various harvest strategies. Take a few minutes for watch a
video presentation of our forest management plan (right), or download and read the full plan.