East Foss Farm

Introduction

East Foss Farm
As part of the University of N.H. campus, East Foss Farm is a multiple use area. It is used for a variety of forestry, wildlife and other natural resource activities. Please respect the rights of others as you enjoy these trails.

The East Foss Farm, located on Foss Farm Road in Durham, NH, is a 164 acre tract of land managed for multiple uses, including teaching, research, wood production, and wildlife. There are seven major habitat types within the East Foss Farm property: clearcut, early successional, mature hardwood, mature softwood, riparian, and wetland/shrub swamp. East Foss Farm is frequently visited by UNH faculty and the student body to observe the different forest management techniques that have been used on this land. A trail system provides access to the property.

History

East Foss Farm has been a farm since the 1800's. Originally owned by Jasper R. McDaniel, it was primarily used as grazing land. In 1888, George H. Amazeen took the deed of the land. It remained an active farm and was used for cattle grazing until the 1960's. Mr. Amazeen left the entire East Foss Farm property to the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1923, the University of New Hampshire took ownership of the Foss Farm upon receiving University status. Since then the Woodlands office has managed the now forested land. Selective timber cuts, some clearcutting, and prescribed burning have been utilized to benefit both wildlife and timber production.

East Foss Farm
Cemetary in East Foss Farm (1998)

Present Uses

East Foss Farm is used extensively for education by UNH. Classes regularly practice timber harvest activities and prescribed burning. In 2013 an 8 acre area was cut to primarily produce habitat for the New England Cottontail, a threatened species. Paired with this is a research project that looks at control measures of the invasive shrub glossy buckthorn.

East Foss Farm is also used for recreational purposes, such as walking, running, hunting, and mountain biking.


To view a publication by the UNH Cooperative Extension, Forestry and Wildlife Program on East Foss Farm, follow this link: https://extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000422_Rep444.pdf