Fox Research and Demonstration Forest
Fox Forest was gifted to the State of New Hampshire by Caroline A. Fox in 1932 to maintain a research and demonstration station in Hillsborough. The Fox Forest Trust has provided funds to demonstrate proper scientific forestry, provide areas for applied forest research, provide programs on natural resource management and, develop a forest for public access and use.
The forest encompasses 1,445 acres, the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center and a farm house/Headquarters. There is a well-developed trail system of about 22 miles that receive heavy, year round use by hikers, cross-country skiers, snow-shoers, hunters and mountain bikers.
The Baldwin Center was constructed in the early 1970's to provide a facility where people could meet and learn about forestry and forest ecology. The center is also home to our museum of early forestry and logging tools. The Baldwin Center also serves a meeting and conference center to a diverse group of state agencies, conservation organizations and schools.
Research at Fox Forest has been focused in two areas, (1) international forest genetics experiments (provenance trials) and (2) applied research focused on local forest management issues. Dr. Henry Ives Baldwin was the first research forester at Fox Forest and he established many of the present day exotic and native tree plantations. He also directed the applied forest management activities including silvicultural and forest products research.