NH CORD Extends Status of Kelsey Notch ATV Trail in Nash Stream State Forest
On January 14, the New Hampshire Council on Resources and Development (CORD) approved the Department of Natural and Cultural Resource’s request for two more years of additional study of OHRV use in the Kelsey Notch Trail.
CORD, which is made up of representatives from twelve state agencies, is required under state law to manage and administer the lands acquired and funds established under the Land Conservation Investment Program. The State used LCIP funds in 1988 to help with the acquisition of Nash Stream.
The Forest Society, together with our partners at the Nature Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club, have long argued before CORD that the Kelsey Notch Trail was improperly established in 2012 by DNCR’s predecessor agency, the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
In August 2020, we asked CORD in this testimony to permanently close down Kelsey Notch Trail. CORD’s January decision therefore was disappointing. Although the long-term status of this trail has not been determined, we will continue to monitor any future actions CORD takes within this two-year study period.