CONCORD (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program.

Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining and improving the quality of timber and forest products; protecting water quality of wetlands and riparian zones; creating a diversity of wildlife habitats; conserving native plant species; and providing a recreational resource.

The farm also is managed to maintain soil productivity, and to protect unique or fragile natural areas. It has been the site of multiple “Friday Forestry” group meetings of forestry industry leaders.

The four pillars of the Tree Farm program are wood, water, wildlife and recreation. There are 1,450 certified tree farms in New Hampshire, totaling 500,000 acres.

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