About Us

Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is now one of the country's most effective statewide land conservation organizations. Our mission statement, developed in 1904 is: "We are a forestry association seeking to perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire through their wise use and their complete reservation in places of special scenic beauty." As a nonprofit membership organization, the Forest Society is dedicated to protecting the state's most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources.

Our accomplishments include:

  • Helping to protect over one million acres of open space in the state.
  • Effectively promoting good land stewardship, through education and by example.
  • Advocating public policies that encourage the wise conservation of natural resources.

Our 10,000 members make us what we are today – a unique blend of visionary land trust, balanced environmental advocate and intelligent forestry association. We think it's a winning combination – for New Hampshire's beautiful landscapes, its caring people and for the many generations to come.


Forest Society-protected land to date*

Type of protectionNumber of propertiesTotal acreage
Forest Society reservations19663,937
Forest Society-held conservation easements (grantee and executory)809133,340
Land transferred with deed restrictions9713,535

The Forest Society also provides assistance to land trusts, municipalities, state and federal agencies, and other conservation organizations to protect additional land throughout the state.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a private, non-profit membership organization. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit. Our Taxpayer Identification Number is 02-0222237.

Map and guide to forest reservations in New Hampshire

Explore Our Forests!

Use our Visitor Guide to plan a day in the woods or learn about land we own near you. Click here to see a map of our protected properties and get directions.

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A Charity Navigator Four Star Charity

For its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, the Forest Society has received Charity Navigator's highest rating.