Land Conservation

The Forest Society is New Hampshire's largest and oldest land trust. Visit this page to explore stories related to land conservation in New Hampshire.

by Jack Savage

The upcoming generation, as represented by students in the Natural Resources department at the University of New Hampshire, thinks that we are insane. And they sound determined to make some changes.

A walk in the woods is not just a walk in the woods for Richard Hamlen. When the woods are those his grandfather bought in 1906 at the base of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, the walk is more like a reunion with old friends.  

Cecily Clark was a young girl when victory in World War II brought the end of gas rationing on the New England home front. That meant her Navy veteran father could reinstate the routine of driving the family up from Massachusetts to their ancestral farm in Wolfeboro.

Thinking of conserving your land? Here are some stories about people who have already successfully done so in collaboration with the Forest Society.

Kinship and Care in New Hampton

The hard decision for Gretchen Abendschein was to put the rapturously beautiful 200-acre farm she loved in Acworth up for sale.

                 The easy decision was to refuse the first serious offer she received.

Marsha Baker was never one to be squeamish. When she was a girl growing up in Peterborough in a house near woods and a stream, she routinely brought home what others might not dare to touch. 

Having competed 14 times in the annual Birkebeiner 50 km cross-country ski event in Norway, octogenarian George Bates places a high value on great ski trails.

It’s a week after the North Country Moose Festival and Roy and Laurel Amey’s barn in Pittsburg is still decorated for their annual open house, when visitors tour the farm, listen to live music and eat pie.

Emery Farm in Durham is now one step closer to being protected from commercial or industrial development thanks to a new grant from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). Emery farm, located at 135 Piscataqua Road, was one out of 36 historic, cultural, or land conservation projects throughout the state that received grants from LCHIP. The grant will allow for owners David Hills and his wife, Catherine McLaughlin-Hills, to apply for an easement for the last unprotected 38 acres that will limit the use of the land to agricultural only.