Conservation Partners Ask Council to Determine Legality of ATV Trails at Nash Stream Forest
As we have discussed in previous articles, the Forest Society has been working with our partners at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and The Nature Conservacy (TNC) to highlight concerns over the existing ATV trails at the Nash Stream State Forest. We contend this trail system is not in compliance with state law, and the state agencies with oversight must take action now to address this problem.
At the July 14 meeting of the New Hampshire Council on Resources and Development (CORD), the three partner organizations presented this letter. CORD is the inter-agency body with the statutory authority to manage the lands the State acquired under the Land Conservation Investment Program. We have asked it to exert this oversight role and determine whether the existing ATV trails should, or should not, be there.
We anticipate that CORD will have a substantive discussion about the issues we have raised at its September meeting. In addition, we hope CORD will delay any consideration of the pending update to the management plan for the Nash Stream Forest, currently anticipated to occur at the September meeting, until the issues we outlined in our letter have been resolved.