The seasonal hiring process on the White Mountain National Forest, and many forests nationwide will begin earlier than in years past. It is not too late to start updating that resume and keep your eye to the website for the latest vacancy announcements.
Rumney Rocks Climbing Area Undergoing Major Improvements
Rumney Rocks, a popular climbing area is undergoing major improvements. Years in the planning, a connector trail is being built between the visitor parking areas. This improvement will address the longstanding issue of foot traffic on Buffalo Road - a typical winding, low visibility road. Fees collected at White Mountain National Forest parking areas such as Rumney Rocks are being used to fund the majority of the project. While the area is still under construction, at times it has to be signed closed while rock drilling and blasting is taking place. Learn more about the construction and closure.
Good News: No Emerald Ash Borer Found on the Forest this Year
Forest employees and partners joined forces again in late November to inspect several ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect found in communities across southern New Hampshire. The day-long project found no evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer; a collective sigh of relief for another year. Forest partners, including the New Hampshire Forest Health Program and State of Maine spent the day providing an update on EAB presence in NH, signs to positively identify EAB presence in ash trees, and helped inspect sample trees.
The Emerald Ash Borer infests an area and kills the resident ash trees through transportation of infested firewood. Please remember that throughout the year there is no firewood transportation across state lines, and quarantine areas have been established in southern New Hampshire where infestations have been identified. Learn more about these quarantine areas and be mindful and buy local firewood.
Lichens can be studied every season of the year and in nearly every location. Learning Lichens will introduce high school and advanced middle school students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans. Teachers can use these four lessons to help their students develop their observational, research design, and field inventory skills. Students will also be able to relate lichen ecology to its valuable use as a bioindicator of air quality and old growth habitat. The curriculum includes 4 lessons, student data sheets and protocols, teacher notes, and instructional PowerPoints for teachers and students. Everything needed for the field inventory lesson is included in a kit that can be borrowed from the White Mountain National Forest. Learning Lichens has been developed and field tested by high school ecology teacher, Sarah Thorne and her students at Prospect Mt. High School in Alton, NH.