Member Profile

Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is one of the country's most effective statewide land conservation organizations.

What We Do

Land protection

Every year, the Forest Society helps private landowners conserve thousands of acres through two primary methods: conservation easements and land acquisitions.

Easements leave the land in private hands and on the local tax rolls. The easements contain typical restrictions preventing development of the land, while generally allowing agriculture, forestry and private recreation. The long-term protection of these lands is ensured through the Forest Society's comprehensive stewardship program.

Permanent land acquisitions become part of the Forest Society's reservation system and are managed for recreation, timber, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and scenery. Reservations range in size from one to 4,000 acres and most are open to the public.

Reservation Stewardship
As landowners, our mission is to protect the long-term health of our Reservations, while still providing low impact, high quality recreational experiences for the public wherever possible.  Sustainable forestry is a significant part of our management on most Reservations, while several are fully reserved because of unique natural areas, significant cultural resources, critical wildlife habitat, or to promote biological diversity.

The Forest Society was founded in 1901 to be a statewide advocate for the practice of sustainable forestry and the permanent conservation of lands with special scenic and natural resource values.  Today, a public policy staff of two registered lobbyists works with many volunteers and partners to represent the Forest Society and its members on issues of core concern before federal and state legislatures and agencies.

The Forest Society offers a year-round program of field trips, workshops, and special events – all designed to enhance people's connections with the landscapes of New Hampshire. From wild mushroom hunts and winter mammal tracking excursions to hikes on newly protected properties and discussion forums, we strive to bring the natural world to every age and ability level – in all parts of the state

New Hampshire Everlasting

Changing Landscapes

New Hampshire is unusually well endowed with forests and sparkling waters. We enjoy walking, hiking, picnicking, hunting, and working on our lands. Products from the forests and farmland nourish and shelter us. Open space sustains our economy and our culture.

The landscapes of New Hampshire help define and enrich our quality of life.

Yet there are some startling trends that threaten all of this. New Hampshire is the fastest growing state in the Northeast. Population growth and sprawling development are consuming open space and community character at a rapid rate. Researchers estimate that within the next 25 years, southeastern New Hampshire will be virtually built-out, meaning that all available land not conserved will be developed.

Our Vision

Collectively, we need to conserve one million acres of our most significant lands within the next 25 years.

The Forest Society envisions a living landscape where managed woodlands, farms and wild lands are woven into the fabric of community life. We envision people caring for lands that sustain dynamic communities with clean water and air, forest and agricultural products, habitat for native plants and animals, scenic beauty, good jobs, and recreational opportunities.

All of our land protection efforts over the next quarter century are focused toward achieving this vision. We seek to protect

Working Forests
To help us grow our share of the wood we consume and keep
our forest-based economy strong and our forests well-managed.

Water Quality
To conserve the lands that ensure the purity of the aquatic ecosystems and drinking
water that we all require for healthy living.

Community Character
To save the places that give our towns their unique character -
the land that connects people and reflects our identity.

Wildlife Habitat
To conserve the land that our native plants and animals depend
upon so that wildlife remains part of our everyday world and
our statewide biological diversity remains resilient and strong.

Productive Farmland
To conserve the most productive agricultural land and the
evolving agricultural economy so that every community can
grow healthy food and the state can sustain at least its current
level of food production.

General information:

Media inquiries:

Jack Savage
Vice President

Communications & Outreach
603-224-9945, ext. 330

Website comments/questions:

Mailing address/phone/fax:

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Phone: 603-224-9945
Fax: 603-228-0423

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2016

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