History of Logging in New Hampshire at the Monadnock Center

PETERBOROUGH, NH- Trees have been harvested in New Hampshire since early settlers began to clear land for farming. On Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m., the Monadnock Center for History and Culture will host A.J. Dupere, Urban Forester with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, who will present a history of logging in New Hampshire.


Dupere will lead a discussion of early harvesting techniques and life in the logging camps.  His presentation will feature a variety of tools used by the UNH Woodsmen Team and several old photographs of early harvesting operations.  The talk will also discuss the Mast Pine Act, the Weeks Act, and other legislation that has influenced timber harvesting in New Hampshire.


Based at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth since 1999, A.J. Dupere also works with Shieling Forest in Peterborough and the Taylor Sawmill in Derry. He earned a master’s degree in Forestry at the University of New Hampshire where he became involved with the UNH Woodsmen team. Today, he is a leader of the team which competes with colleges throughout the Northeast.

This talk is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Monadnock Center’s current exhibit, TIMBER! Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Region’s Forested Landscape. TIMBER! is on view throughNovember 28. A curator’s gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 10 a.m. The gallery talk is free and open to the public.

The Monadnock Center is a community museum and cultural center located at 19 Grove Street in downtown Peterborough. For information about this and other Monadnock Center programs, visit MonadnockCenter.org or call (603) 924-3235.

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