Land Stewards

Since its early beginnings in 1993, the Forest Society Land Steward Program has been the volunteer backbone of our forest reservations. Each spring the Forest Society aims to recruit and train 25 new volunteers to join the program.

The Forest Society is currently recruiting new volunteer land stewards for a number of our Forest Reservations across the state!  

What's full of camaraderie and fun, and makes you feel young? Grab a pair of sturdy shoes, throw on some clothes for getting dirty, and meet me at the trailhead to find out.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:00pm
DeeringHillsborough County, New Hampshire

 This year is the 25th anniversary of the Forest Society’s Land Steward Program.  The program has grown to the point that 100% of our forest reservations are monitored by land stewards every year, and it has been a tremendously successful model for many other land trusts and conservation agencies across the country.  To celebrate, we’re inviting everyone who has been involved in the program over the

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:00am
BethlehemGrafton County, New Hampshire

Releasing and pruning wild apple trees can keep them healthy and result in greater fruit production for use by a wide variety of wildlife. This basic introduction to releasing and pruning wild apple trees, with both indoor classroom session and outdoor field practice, will be led by Nigel Manly (Director of the Forest Society’s Rocks Estate). The indoor portion will be held at the Rocks Estate of Bethlehem and field pruning practice will be held nearby in Bethlehem.

Bring a bag lunch and water, and dress in warm layers for outdoor practice. 

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:00am
JaffreyJaffrey Township, Cheshire County

Releasing and pruning wild apple trees can keep them healthy and result in greater fruit production for use by a wide variety of wildlife. This basic introduction to releasing and pruning wild apple trees, with both indoor classroom session and outdoor field practice, will be led by Nigel Manly (Director of the Forest Society’s Rocks Estate). The indoor portion will be held at the Jaffrey Civic Center and field pruning practice will be held at the nearby Gap Mountain Reservation. 

Bring a bag lunch and water, and dress in warm layers for outdoor practice. 

We welcomed 21 new volunteers into the Volunteer Land Steward Program last weekend, in a two-day training that gave them the know-how to help steward a Forest Society forest reservation.

Every year land stewards get together to eat, swap stories, and reflect on the past year's stewardship work. 

See below to learn more about what land stewards were up to in 2016:

Saturday, February 18, 2017 (All day)

Join Forest Society land stewards and Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coaltion (SRKGC) volunteers Joel Sadler and George Beaton on Saturday February 18th for a challenging X-country ski up the Lincoln Trail. This will be an extremely difficult ski trip  with lots of elevation gain going up and a narrow steep trail coming down — Expert ability to do turns with metal edge skis required. Please RSVP with George Beaton at 603-938-2637 to obtain details of meeting place/time, or to ask questions.