Forest Society's Rocks Estate Receives Citation

January 21, 2009

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Rocks Estate was recognized with a citation from New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council. Forest Society Trustee Patrick O’Donnell accepted the award on behalf of the organization at a recent ceremony.

The citation was awarded in appreciation of the Rocks Estate’s generous donation of a Christmas tree to the State of New Hampshire. The tree was displayed in the Bridges House, the official residence of the governor of New Hampshire.

Bridges House was built by Charles Graham in 1836. Styles Bridges, Governor of New Hampshire (1935-36) and a US senator for 25 years thereafter, lived there from 1946 until his death. Upon the death of his widow in 1969, it was left to the State of New Hampshire and became the official governors’ mansion.

The Rocks Estate is a 1,400-acre protected reserve that serves as the North Country Conservation and Education Center for the non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.  The Rocks is home to the Forest Society's sustainable Christmas tree farm, where trees and wreaths are grown and sold to raise money for land conservation in New Hampshire. For more information about The Rocks Estate, call 603-444-6228.