February 2017 - Agroforestry and a Healthy Forest
Jessie Dubuque & Jason Lyle - USFS Wildlife Biologist & USFS Forester

This February turned out to be very snowy which was a marked difference from last year at this time. Our meeting was originally scheduled for February 13th but due to a snowstorm we opted to use our snow day of February 27th to hold our program. The 27th turned out to be a lovely sunny day of about 30 degrees although a bit windy. We had 45 members and guests in attendance.

Hospitality once again did a wonderful job with a lovely belated Valentine's Day theme. We had a brief business meeting skillfully conducted by President Wendy McVey who reviewed the status of present projects and informed the audience about some of the upcoming events. We also had a check presentation to Jen's Friends of $900 for the Papewhites and Amaryllis bulb sales that we held during the Holiday season.

The program was focused on the care and management of a healthy forest ecosystem and included a review of the Albany Covered Bridge Fire which consumed close to 330 acres. Jason and Jessie combined their extensive knowledge of forestry to present this program. Jessie has a degree in Environmental Science and a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management. Jason’s degree is in Parks & Recreation with an MS in Forestry. Together they answered many of our questions about what’s happening in our beautiful White Mountain National Forest.

Their program covered the ability of the forest to sustain itself ecologically and provide what society wants and needs is what defines a healthy forest. Maintaining the balance between forest sustainability and production of goods and services is the challenge for owners. Agroforestry is a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. It combines these plantings in agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land use systems.