Each turn of season highlights the pastoral campus at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), like a deliberate brush stroke on nature’s canvas. Throughout the year some of the most beautiful scenes take shape among the 250 acres that comprise UNH’s College Woods and encompass the woodlands, streams, and small fields that provide habitat for diverse wildlife. Bequeathed in 1891 by Benjamin Thompson, Jr., College Woods is the University’s oldest and most intensively used land, serving as a living laboratory for students and researchers alike. An equal access trail at the entrance to College Woods provides excellent recreational opportunities for the community-at-large. Story >>>
Biologists studying health of moose population
New Hampshire’s busiest moose checking station was conspicuously not busy Tuesday morning. The small outpost, nestled in the
Kilkenny Valley in Milan, is one of six biologist check stations the
state’s Fish and Game Department staffs during the annual nine-day moose
hunt. With fewer permits issued than in years past, fewer hunters are
bringing moose carcasses to the stations for testing during the week.
The biologists are studying the carcasses to determine the population’s
health and its prospects for survival going forward.
UNH, Strafford County Conservation District Team Up to Test Cover Crops
University of New Hampshire scientists have teamed up with the Strafford County Conservation District to test different combinations of cover crops, which farmers use for a number of reasons, including improving soil fertility and productivity, reducing erosion, and controlling pests.
The project under the direction of Richard Smith, assistant professor of agroecology, is funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
All it takes for Dr. Paul Johnson to explain
his job to kids is two four-inch long millipedes, two different types of
cockroaches, meal worms, termites, tarantulas and maybe a few other
live specimens for good measure.