Yale Adds 450 Acres of Forest Land to Tuomey Forest in New Hampshire

Yale University is adding 450 acres of forestland to its 1,440-acre Tuomey Forest in a picturesque area of southwestern New Hampshire.

The land located in Swanzey, N.H., is being exchanged by Yale University for 50 acres it owns along Route 10 in the same area. Yale, in exchange, will receive about 500 acres of privately held forest land.

“The expansion of our forest holdings will provide greater opportunities for our faculty and students,” said Bruce Larson, director of forests for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), which manages the forest. “In addition, we’re pleased that Yale is adding land to its holdings at a time when forest lands in the Northeast are being sold, fragmented and subdivided - making forestry and conservation goals more difficult to achieve. We are thankful for the cooperation and support of numerous landowners who recognized the potential benefits this exchange would have for both the community, the region, and Yale.”

The Yale Toumey Forest has been under active forest management since the first parcel was purchased in 1913. It is one of eight working forests owned by the University and managed by F&ES to provide education, research and professional opportunities to faculty and students. Researchers pursue studies to advance society’s understanding of forest systems and their long-term management and protection. Tuomey Forest also supplies local and regional mills with timber.

Charles R. Beauregard, Jr., chairman of the Swanzey board of selectmen, said, “This is a great day for our town. For decades, the woods and trails of the Yale Forest have made Swanzey a special place to live. The land exchange will help us maintain the rural character of our town while allowing some limited development along Route 10 to proceed, including the construction of Monadnock Humane Center’s new Adoption and Learning Center. We are proud to play host to this new center and Yale’s efforts to conserve our forests for future generations.”

Jane Difley, president/forester of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, said, “balancing economic and environmental interests is sometimes difficult. This project appears to be a win win win situation: for the community, for conservation, and the future of good forestry in New England.”

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