Annual Fund - Spring Appeal
Morning light at the Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area in Concord. (Photo: Ellen Kenny)
This spring we are bringing renewed vigor to the exciting work of conserving, caring for, and expanding opportunities to enjoy New Hampshire’s forests, mountains, lakes, and streams.
And there is no time to waste. New Hampshire’s real estate market is booming. As development surges, now is the time to make sure we protect the natural resources that make this state so special.
To meet these challenges, we are working to:
- Expand our 431-acre Morse Preserve in Alton to nearly 1,000 acres, adding diverse and significant wildlife habitat types to this southern Belknap Range reservation.
- Enlarge our Yatsevitch Forest in Plainfield with a 170-acre addition that brings this Upper Valley reservation to more than 1,200 acres, and expand our Champlin Reservation in Rochester by 122 acres that will enhance local recreational opportunities in a heavily populated part of the state.
- Construct a covered post-and-beam structure and kiosk area for shade and shelter at Mt. Major, improving the visitor experience for the 80,000 hikers who climb the mountain each year.
- Create a forest exploration center at the Forest Society North at The Rocks. This summer and fall, we will begin work on a multi-use outdoor event and education space featuring a magnificent view that stretches from the Pliny Range to Mt. Washington, expanding our capacity just in time for the return of the holiday wreath and Christmas tree rush.
- And, join with partners in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for a summer Merrimack River Paddle Challenge to build appreciation for this mighty river that winds through city centers, farmland, floodplains and forests, providing vital water resources, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities.
These are just a few of the high-priority projects we have in the works. But the past year has made us appreciate more than ever the accomplishments of generations before us to keep New Hampshire wild and vibrant – and the importance of continuing the tradition of investing in and caring for nature.