What We Do
Forest Society staff and board members gathered outdoors in July 2021 at The Rocks for a day of professional development.
Every year, the Forest Society helps private landowners conserve thousands of acres through two primary methods: conservation easements and land acquisitions.
Easements leave the land in private hands and on the local tax rolls. The easements contain typical restrictions preventing development of the land, while generally allowing agriculture, forestry and private recreation. The long-term protection of these lands is ensured through the Forest Society's comprehensive stewardship program.
Permanent land acquisitions become part of the Forest Society's reservation system and are managed for recreation, timber, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and scenery. Reservations range in size from one to 4,000 acres and most are open to the public.
Download a PDF fact sheet on land protection.
See our current land protection projects.
As landowners, our mission is to protect the long-term health of our Reservations, while still providing low impact, high quality recreational experiences for the public wherever possible. Sustainable forestry is a significant part of our management on most Reservations, while several are fully reserved because of unique natural areas, significant cultural resources, critical wildlife habitat, or to promote biological diversity.
Learn more about our reservation stewardship practices and access forestry-related resources.
The Forest Society was founded in 1901 to be a statewide advocate for the practice of sustainable forestry and the permanent conservation of lands with special scenic and natural resource values. Today, a public policy staff of two registered lobbyists works with many volunteers and partners to represent the Forest Society and its members on issues of core concern before federal and state legislatures and agencies.
The Forest Society offers a year-round program of field trips, workshops, and special events – all designed to enhance people's connections with the landscapes of New Hampshire. From wild mushroom hunts and winter mammal tracking excursions to hikes on newly protected properties and discussion forums, we strive to bring the natural world to every age and ability level – in all parts of the state.
View listings of field trips and events currently available.