Forest Society News & Features

Although we sometimes take for granted that everyone sees the value in protecting our state’s unique landscapes and natural areas, several bills pending before the New Hampshire Legislature will shake that assumption.  Consider, for example, HB 1686, which takes aim at the Land and Community Heri

The opossum came back… at least temporarily.

Bobcats have been all over the news lately. It's kind of amazing to think that 30 years ago wildlife biologists estimated there were only 150 bobcats in New Hampshire. That's not the case anymore - their numbers are now estimated to be around 1400!

The Northern Pass project is bidding for a contract to sell a portion of its energy to the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

At long last, the Forest Society closed on the 72-acre property that is the gateway to the popular hiking trails up Mt. Major in Alton. This parcel was part of the successful "Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" project that resulted in the much quicker purchase of three other properties in the Mt.

We began the month of December $50,000 short of our Trees Not Towers fundraising goal of $475,000 for 2015. We had a very generous anonymous private individual issue a challenge that if we could raise $25,000 of the gap they would match it with a $25,000 gift to put us over the top.

Northern Pass officials did their best to put the proposed 192-mile transmission project in favored light, but would appear to have convinced few of the people who attended the five recent public information meetings held as part of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) process.

The Forest Society owns land and holds conservation easements in Coos County that are directly impacted by the current proposal for Northern Pass before the Site Evaluation Committee. As we have noted in other forums, we have a legal and ethical obligation to defend our conserved lands.

Earlier this week on my way to work I cast my eye skyward to see sunny blue skies with few clouds. The voice on the radio was telling me to expect 1-3 inches of snow later in the day, and even went so far as to predict what time the snow would start falling in my part of the state.