Salem Town Forest  LbNA # 51945

Placed DateJan 6 2010
LocationSalem, NH
Planted Bybdutton    
Found By Millie gang
Last Found Jul 30 2012
Hike Distance?
Last EditedOct 4 2015

Directions to get to the Town Forest:
From downtown Salem, NH go north on route 28. You will come to the intersection of route 28 and route 111. Bear right onto route 111. The Hess Gas Station will be on your right. Go 6/10 of a mile to the Salem Town Forest which will be on your right.
Once you get to the Town Forest park your car and walk over to the bridge. Then walk across the whole bridge. Once you get across the bridge you will see a bench that is dedicated to George Jones. Walk up to the bench and sit in it. Look straight out approx. 30 feet and you will see a triple trunked red oak tree. You will find the box in the middle of the 3 trunks.
Have Fun!
Before the purchase of Salem, Town Forest land had been mostly untouched since the early 1900’s except for excavation from two gravel pits and occasional logging.
The first bit of land, 79 acres, was purchased in September 1979 from Mr. William Brown. Selectman Richard Tibbets, who was very much interested in Salem acquiring open space, negotiated this sale. Mr. Brown, who also wanted to see open space left for future generations, sold the land for about its assessed value rather than market value.
Additional chunks of land have been added over the years, and in April 1994 all contiguous town-owned lots were consolidated into one large lot. By January 2002 the Town Forest totaled 198.72 acres. About 75% of the acreage is mixed conifer-hardwood forest, 20% is wetland, and 5% is scrub shrub or no growth on former gravel pits. In June 1988, Mr. David Belford completed a Forest Management Plan to assist with forest maintenance. The town’s share for the plan was paid with a $2,000 donation given by the Emerald Green Corp.
Registered Forester Ron Klemarzick was hired to manage a harvest for the town during the winter and spring of 1994. This 60 acre harvest removed about 93,000 board feet, opening the canopy to allow tall grass and shrubs to thrive. During the early 1990s, Registered Wetland Specialist Mark West created a trail layout connecting old forest roads.
In November 1998, both the parking area off Rt. 111 and footbridge over Hitytity Brook were completed. The bridge, which provides a scenic entrance into the trail system, was dedicated to Mr. Wally Schultz in June 2001 for his many years devoted as a Town of Salem Conservation Commission member.
During 2000 and 2001, Mr. Tom Stevens surveyed the Town Forest east of the Hitytity Brook. Boundary signs were placed on trails, and the boundaries were marked by ribbons or blazed trees.
In June 2001, Salem High School student intern Ms. Ashley Mason completed a project to provide sixteen Nature Trail signs, a bulletin board at the parking area, and an updated trail brochure. Also, Eagle Scout candidate Mr. Chris Wilt completed a project to place trail markers at fourteen trail intersections.