Women in the Woods

Women in the Woods is a collaboration between UNH Cooperative ExtensionNH Timberland Owners Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and other partners aimed at connecting women forest landowners, managers, and stewards with the resources, skills, and community they need to make informed stewardship decisions that promote healthy forest resources.

A group of female identifying people gather together for a photo, clad in orange hardhats, in front of a tractor during a Women in the Woods workshop.
Participants in the Women in the Woods tractor workshop on October 15, 2022. (Photo courtesy of UNH Extension)

Women in the Woods workshops have included training on chainsaw safety and maintenance, tree identification, winter wildlife tracking and logging with farm tractors. A key component of these workshops is that they are designed for women and are led by women with experience in educational programs. 

With support from the USDA Forest Service, the team is identifying needs and implementing outreach strategies to support women landowners. As the primary outreach mechanism of UNH, Extension is in a unique position to provide project leadership in survey development and distribution, network creation, trainings and evaluation.