Conservation Lands

Protecting New Hampshire's landscapes has been the driving force behind the Forest Society since it began in 1901. Our land conservation ethic is deeply rooted in protecting the state's most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources. Maintaining this balance has made the Forest Society one of the most effective land conservation organizations in the country, partnering with public agencies, communities, and private landowners to protect over one million acres in our first century.

The members of the Commission to Develop a Land Conservation Plan have been appointed.  Representing the New Hampshire conservation community will be David Patrick of the Nature Conservancy, Matt Leahy of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Jeanie McIntyre of the Upper Valley Land Trust.  The full commission roster will be:

NH Land Conservation Commission Study

SB  388

Chapter 259:2, Laws of 2014

An Act establishing a committee  to study  the current status  of land conservation  in New Hampshire and the state's  role in encouraging voluntary protection of land in the future.


Executive Summary

This report is offered by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Nature Conservancy with the purpose of providing baseline information on the status of conserved lands in New Hampshire for consideration by the SB 388 Study Committee.   In addition to surveying the current state of conserved lands, the report provides a summary of strengths and weaknesses of the present portfolio of conserved lands and identifies opportunities and priorities for future land conservation.

Highlights of Findings

This page for advocacy issues related to State Parks, State Forests, WMNF, and Town Forests

In 1885, the New Hampshire Forest Commission reported –

"Instead of cutting only timber that is matured, everything is cut to the size of five or six inches in diameter, and what remains is cut into firewood or burned at once, leaving a dreary waste. In Lancaster, the timber and wood are nearly all gone and the mountains are being stripped to their summits. Originally a dense forest covered our state. This magnificent forest has long since disappeared."