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State forest getting facelift to help maintain habitat

December 11, 2021 GMT

FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A state forest in New Hampshire is getting a facelift.

The state is planning the second phase of a wildlife habitat improvement project over 21 acres in the Blue Job State Forest in Farmington.

Mowing this month will reduce the volume of the young trees. That will be followed by a prescribed burn next spring or fall to further encourage and maintain wild blueberries growing in the area. The first mowing and prescribed burn was done in 2016.

Trails to the Little Blue Job summit will be closed during mowing operations and burning.

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says work will maintain important young forest and barrens habitat, which benefit a variety of wildlife, help maintain views of the landscape and improve blueberry-picking opportunities.