published : 2023-09-30

New Hampshire Project Protects 3,700 Acres of Forest in Epic Conservation Effort

Two Forests, One Vision: Conservation, Recreation, and Education

A serene aerial view of the Shelburne Valley Forest, taken with a professional-grade Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has achieved a remarkable feat, completing a long-term effort to protect two massive forests in the enchanting northern region of the state.

With a total land area of 3,700 acres, these forests will now be diligently managed for a multitude of objectives, including the preservation of crucial habitats, the enhancement of scenic beauty, and the provision of recreational and educational opportunities for the public to indulge in.

Situated near New Hampshire, the Shelburne Valley Forest and the Bald Cap Peak Forest will serve as living testaments to the power of conservation and stewardship.

The breathtaking 2,670-acre Shelburne Valley Forest gracefully ascends from the tranquil Androscoggin River up to the majestic ridgeline of the Mahoosuc Range. Stretching along the border between New Hampshire and Maine, this wilderness jewel plays a pivotal role in the ecosystem of the White Mountains.

A hiker enjoying the stunning views from the Mahoosuc Range in the White Mountains, captured with a Nikon D850 camera.

Cradling within its expansive territory an awe-inspiring 84-mile trail, the Shelburne Valley Forest ignites the adventurer's spirit within all of us. Teeming with life, it nurtures an array of diverse habitats, including cranberry bogs and red spruce swamps, providing a sanctuary for a myriad of plant and animal species.

Lovers of the great outdoors will revel in the countless opportunities for river fishing and boating, immersing themselves in nature's embrace.

Not to be outdone, the 1,030-acre Bald Cap Peak Forest boasts its own breathtaking marvels. Dominated by rocky pine ledges and crowned by the monumental Bald Cap Peak and Middle Mountain, this forested wonderland captivates the imagination.

As you traverse the 2.6 miles of boundary shared with the iconic Appalachian Trail, the beauty of the Mahoosucs and the White Mountain National Forest unfolds before your eyes. Prepare to be spellbound by the mesmerizing 300-foot cascades of Giant Falls, an enchanting spectacle that leaves visitors awe-struck.

An enchanting shot of the mystical Giant Falls, surrounded by lush foliage, beautifully photographed with a Sony A7R III camera.

These phenomenal achievements in conservation were announced on a momentous Monday, signifying a triumph for environmental stewardship and a sustainable future.

By protecting and preserving these forests, the projects are ensuring the vitality of working forests that contribute to sustainable timber production while enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for all. The exquisite landscapes, along with the diverse ecosystems they support, act as a formidable weapon in our battle against climate change.

Jack Savage, President of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, expressed his elation over the culmination of years of collaboration and dedication by local, state, and national organizations. Together, they forged a partnership that transcends boundaries and creates a legacy of conservation that will inspire generations to come.

Prepare to embark on a journey through these protected lands, where adventure, tranquility, and discovery await. Let the wonders of nature unfold before you and embrace the inimitable magic that can only be found within the sanctuary of these pristine forests.