Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2024

Save the date for a meeting and field trips in the Monadnock Region!

Saturday, September 21, 2024

A view of Monadnock in fall with a pond in front.

The Forest Society’s Annual Meeting is an opportunity to connect, engage, and celebrate the accomplishments of the many people who make our mission possible. The meeting will include field trips to explore our Monadnock region properties and a keynote address by Annie Proulx, author of the non-fiction book Fen, Bog & Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis, and the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Shipping News.

About Annie Proulx:

Annie Proulx poses outside in front of bare trees.
Photo: Gus Powell, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.

 

Annie Proulx is the author of eleven books, including the novels The Shipping News and Barkskins, and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award–winning film. Fen, Bog, and Swamp is her second work of nonfiction. She lives in New Hampshire. 

 

 

About Fen, Bog, and Swamp:

The cover of "Fen, Bog & Swamp" shows a greenish bog.

A lifelong acolyte of the natural world, Annie Proulx brings her witness and research to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change. Fens, bogs, swamps, and marine estuaries are crucial to the earth’s survival, and in four illuminating parts, Proulx documents their systemic destruction in pursuit of profit.

In a vivid and revelatory journey through history, Proulx describes the fens of 16th-century England, Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, Russia’s Great Vasyugan Mire, and America’s Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. She introduces the early explorers who launched the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and writes of the diseases spawned in the wetlands—the Ague, malaria, Marsh Fever.
 

 

Previous Annual Meetings:

Sarah Thorne, wife of the late Tom Howe, accepted the award from President Jack Savage on stage at the annual meeting.
Sarah Thorne, wife of the late Tom Howe, accepted the Conservationist of the Year award, for Tom, from President Jack Savage on stage at the 2021 annual meeting at Creek Farm. (Photo: Kate Wilcox)

 

Forester Steve Junkin speaks while attendees walk by in Stillhouse Forest.
Field Forester Steve Junkin (right) and VP for Land Conservation Brian Hotz led a field trip to Stillhouse Forest in Canterbury as part of the 2022 Annual Meeting. (Photo: Kate Wilcox)

Our annual meeting of the membership is an opportunity to connect, engage and celebrate the accomplishments of so many who make our mission possible. The meeting is usually held in autumn and includes field trips to explore our reservations and surrounding natural spaces.

As a membership-based organization, an annual meeting is required by our nonprofit organization's bylaws. 

2023 Annual Meeting: The meeting was held at The Rocks in Bethlehem. 

2022 Annual Meeting: The meeting was held at the Conservation Center in Concord.

2021 Annual Meeting: The meeting was held at Creek Farm.

2020 Annual Meeting: The meeting was held virtually on Zoom on September 26.

2019 Annual Meeting: The meeting was held at Gunstock Mountain.