Please join the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (“Forest Society”) in conserving an exceptional 1.6-mile stretch of the Ammonoosuc River in Bethlehem.
The Ammonoosuc (“small narrow fishing place” in Abnaki) is one of the largest rivers in the northern White Mountains, originating in Lakes of the Clouds on Mt. Washington’s western slope and flowing westward to the Connecticut River in Woodsville. With scenic vistas and key coldwater fisheries in its upper reaches, the Ammonoosuc still harbors wild brook trout as well as rainbows and browns.
To permanently protect important trout habitat and enhance angler access, the Forest Society will acquire 260 acres that include frontage on the main stem of the Ammonoosuc River and six feeder streams. One of those, Haystack Brook, has particular importance as a thermal refuge from higher summer temperatures in the main stem, and as prime spawning habitat for brookies.
The upstream end of this forested property starts on the opposite side of the river from the NH Fish and Game angler access parking lot on Rt. 302, two miles west of Twin Mountain. The Forest Society will construct an additional parking area three quarters of a mile further west, off Rt. 302, with a short trail down to an old railbed, thus providing full access to the river from the north. For access to the river from the south and Rt. 3, the Forest Society will accommodate three-season (non-winter) public parking and access at the existing entry to the southerly 180-acre portion of the property, where woods roads and trails lead to the interior and the river. This is where hunters may want to access superb habitat for upland game, deer and moose. Some Trout Unlimited members envision the potential for this property to host future TU programs such as Trout Camp for kids and the Healing Waters program for veterans.
The property abuts the White Mountain National Forest and has an established snowmobile trail (“Twin Mountain Connector”) running along that common boundary. It also has high scenic value involving over a mile of undeveloped frontage along Rt. 302 plus great views of the Presidential and Franconia Ranges from within the property. If successful, this project will retire an approved five-lot subdivision along Rt. 302 as well as a conceptual plan for 30 lots on the south side of the river.
Please join us in conserving this spectacular stretch of the Ammo and its associated fishery. To make a contribution, use the form below or contact Tom Howe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anne Truslow (email@example.com).