Professional Forester

Expertise and Experience

Professional foresters don’t look for trees to cut…they look for trees to grow! Only after determining which trees are designated for growth, do foresters determine which trees should be removed from the forest in order to promote the growth of residual trees!

  • STATE LICENSING LAWS:  (RSA 310-A98-117) New Hampshire requires that all foresters who work with landowners for compensation be licensed by the state. (RSA 310-A98-117). In order to qualify for a license, there are strict criteria that need to be met. The criterion includes forestry education, field experience, professional references, and ethical behavior. Licensed foresters are required to earn continuing education credits, which ensures that they keep their professional skills current. There is a state Forester Licensing Board which guides the licensing process and administration of rules.

  • MANAGEMENT PLAN: A New Hampshire Licensed Professional Forester will help a landowner determine his/her goals concerning their woodlots. Once goals are determined, the LPF (licensed professional forester) will create a management plan for the landowner, which acts as a useful road map to follow along the years.  Part of the plan includes the necessary fieldwork to map and inventory the property. An inventory of resources is determined by bringing into consideration criteria such as soil type; age; tree species; topography, etc. A more detailed plan could include information on the forest timber type, timber inventory, topographical characteristics, soils, species of trees, plant and wetland distribution.

  • TIMBER SALE ADMINISTRATION: In the event it is determined that a harvest is the best course of action, a professional forester will guide the landowner through the entire planning process as well as implementing the plan recommendations.  The timber is marked for selective harvest; state and local permits are applied for and obtained; a logger is hired by the forester to do the actual harvesting. The relationship between a licensed professional forester and a logger can be compared to that of a builder and an architect.  The architect designs and the builder builds.Following the completion of the harvest/sale, a LPF will also assist you in the reporting process that you are required to do for the state of New Hampshire, or the Federal Income tax. While a logger is hired to do the actual harvesting, the professional forester administers the project. The relationship between a licensed professional forester and a logger can be compared to that of an architect and a builder. The architect (forester) does the planning and the design; and the builder (logger) does the implementation of the project.A professional forester will aid you with the state and federal laws surrounding forestry. For instance, it is important to abide by the New Hampshire wetlands law (RSA 482-A). This law was enacted in 1969 to protect NH wetlands. The purpose of the law is “to protect tidal and fresh waters and wetlands from unregulated alteration”.

  • N.H.'S TIMBER TAX LAW: New Hampshire has a Timber Tax Law. Towns assess a timber tax on timber that has been harvested and the landowner is responsible for this tax. The tax is assessed at a rate that encourages the growing of timber. The landowner should receive scale slips from the mill the timber has been sold to on a regular basis while the project is taking place. This provides an accurate accounting of what has been harvested. The scale slip reports the species and board footage of each individual log.

  • EXPERIENCE: Dave Buxton, NH Licensed Professional Forester #180, and co-owner of NEFP, is a New Hampshire licensed professional forester; and a certified American Tree Farm Inspector. Beginning with a career as an UNH Cooperative Extension Service county forester , he continued on with the University system as the Marketing and Utilization Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of New Hampshire. After ten years in the university system, he moved into the private business sector.

With over 40 years of professional forestry experience, the staff at NEFP provides landowners with industry knowledge and experience. Our professional and experienced staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about professional forest management.

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For additional information about New Hampshire’s forest economy, click on the site You will find the study entitled The Economic Importance of New Hampshire’s Forest Based Economy 2011.