Located in Milton NH, Jones lot is 322 acres in size. This land was gifted to the University by the Jones family. A companion parcel, which includes the site of the New Hampshire Farm Museum, was gifted to SPNHF at the same time.
This property has been used extensively over the past by forestry classes for management exercises. The variation in vegetative makeup and terrain make it ideal for educational study and for wildlife habitat management. A family of northern goshawks has been sighted on this property and it has been identified as a potential nesting site. The extensive frontage on the Jones river creates interesting potential sites for research and undergraduate class visitation.
This lot is periodically harvested as part of UNH’s sustainable timber harvesting program. The last commercial harvest performed on this property was in the winter of 2019-2020. The goal was to promote red oak regeneration and the growth of future crop trees. An area was also cut as part of UNH’s ash reserve program. Before that, a harvest in 2009 was part of a regional initiative to examine how thinning around hemlock trees can increase their vigor, strengthening them prior to infestation by Hemlock Woolly adelgid.
This property is multi-use so is open to the public for most forms of non-motorized recreation including hunting, fishing and all forms of pedestrian traffic. The Jones Lot is home to permanent plot inventory installations that are part of the UNH CFI system and a long term white pine growth study.
Closest GPS Address: 134 Piggot Road, Milton
From Durham, take the Spaulding Turnpike north to exit 18. Turn left, going underneath the turnpike. Take your 2nd left (the first left will bring you on turnpike headed south). After taking 2nd left you'll see a small pond and a dirt road (on the left passed the bridge is Piggot hill road). Take Piggot Hill road for 0.3 miles, on left you'll see another dirt road (next to telephone 4830 # 9). This road is the one that divides the Jones Property.
APPROXIMATE LOCATION: N 43°28.638', W 71°00.854'