What is the best way to regrow and maintain a healthy forest? What effects do different management techniques have on wildlife habitat? Prior to the clear cutting of the White Mountains at the turn of the 20th Century, little data was available to answer these questions.
The Bartlett Experimental Forest was established in 1931 to help gather the information needed to answer them. Here the USDA Forest Service can literally experiment with forest management techniques in order to bring the best in silviculture and ecological practices to the rest of the White Mountain National Forest and beyond. Research here on the northern hardwood forest has been very influential on management practices throughout the northeast. You can explore the forest by traveling south on Bear Notch Road (closed in winter). Bear Notch is a winding road that connects to the Kancamagus highway, and several gravel service roads lead into the Experimental Forest from its west side.
Directions to Next Site:
From planning for the future, the Weeks Act Legacy Trail takes us to a spot where we uncover the past. From the northern end of Bear Notch Road, travel about 4 miles west on Rte 302 and turn left onto Sawyer River Road. Follow this dirt road up about 2 miles (closed in winter), to the ghost town of Livermore.