White Mountain National Forest

I rolled into the parking lot of the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. I was there to meet two White Mountain hiking experts. Authors Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff Books and Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide.

We tend to take the White Mountain National Forest for granted. Seems like it’s always been there, and it’s hard to imagine that it wouldn’t survive us and many more generations to come.

PLYMOUTH — On the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s establishment of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), dozens of its champions gathered at Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains on Wednesday for the opening of “The People’s Forest” exhibit.

What began with a federal law for land conservation and a small land purchase has, a century later, evolved into nearly 800,000 acres of national forest with many partners, 1,200 miles of hiking trails, and bounties of recreational opportunities for the millions of people visiting it each year.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved the creation of two glade skiing zones in the White Mountain National Forest.

"We're very pleased to strongly support the White Mountain Forest Plan released today by the U.S. Forest Service," said Jane Difley, President/Forester of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

With arm’s sweep, US Forest Service Research Forester Bill Leak gestured at the thick regeneration of beech, yellow birch, and sugar maple crowding a 30-year old clear-cut on the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and said, “The northern hardwood forest is Nature’s answer to armor-plating

The largest landowner in New Hampshire are the people of the United States, owners of public lands at the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, the Appalachian Trail corridor, the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site (in Cornish) and the Silvio O.