Stewardship

The Reservation Stewardship Department is responsible for the management of the Forest Society’s fee-owned lands (over 56,000 acres, the Forest Society’s largest asset).   These lands are managed with a vision that is focused on the future, ensuring the biological richness of the state while providing economic and social returns to the organization, its members, and the public.

What could be a better metaphor for community connectedness than a group of individuals coming together to build a bridge?

For decades, environmentalists and public service agencies have attempted various slogans to teach people about the harm litter causes wildlife, water, and our environment and to ask more people to take personal responsibility. What will it take to stop our litter problem once and for all?

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.

With more than 80,000 people hiking Mt. Major every year, the popular hiking spot has seen its share of excessive trash, damage to vegetation, trail erosion, disturbance to wildlife, and more. As a result, Mt. Major was chosen as one of 19 Hot Spots nationwide to be the focus of training from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

It’s no wonder Mount Major’s panoramic summit, which boasts views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains, is a highly regarded destination for locals and tourists alike. With an estimated 80,000 visitors annually, though, Mount Major’s trails are being loved to death.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:00am
DeeringNH

The Forest Society is partnering with the VT/NH Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to start a chestnut seed orchard on the Tom Rush Forest in Deering, NH!  Join us as we get started in this effort planting our first 600 chestnuts.  We are looking for 15-20 volunteers on this day to help lay weed barrier fabric, plant chestnuts, install growth tubes, and put down mulch.  We'll start at 10am and work until we're done, which will likely depend upon the number of hands we have.  Please register below if interested, so that we can email you directions to the field where we'll be

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