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.

In 2019, the Forest Society acquired the Stillhouse Forest, a 215-acre new reservation with nearly a mile of meandering frontage on the Merrimack River in Canterbury and Northfield.

DURHAM — The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests bought an additional 36-acre conservation easement from the landowners of Emery Farm.

Looking for a quiet place for an easy-to-moderate hike with beautiful views?  You’d love our High Blue Reservation in Walpole.  The Forest Society now has an opportunity to purchase 72 acres of adjacent forestland and add it to this popular reservation.   We are very close to reaching our fundrai

Located six minutes from Oyster River High School, Emery Farm is locally run and has been operating for over 350 years. Hills has offered the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests a 36 acre conservation easement far below market price at $1.4 million.

The Forest Society honored the Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation as the 2017 Conservationist of the Year at the annual meeting Sept. 16 in Claremont.


Two centuries ago, New England forests were in the midst of significant change. European settlement up to that point had already led to widespread deforestation, for heat, timber export, homebuilding and agricultural clearing.

All you have to do to appreciate what we have in New Hampshire is to leave and come back.

The Forest Society recently received a gift of the 213-acre “Porkepyn Rylle Forest” in Salisbury from the Gracia Harris Snyder Trust of 1999.  Gracia initiated the project more than a year ago, at the age of 88, and passed away on November 30, 2016, just before we were to close.  Her two sons and