A Real Green Initiative: Area Hotels Launch Conservation Network
Proceeds from Program Will Benefit Forest Society’s North Country Efforts
Several area inns and hotels are working with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to help conserve land in the North Country.
The North Country Hospitality Conservation Network was launched this month in collaboration with The Rocks Estate, the Forest Society’s North Country Conservation & Education Center. Through the program visitors at participating inns and hotels may add a $2 donation per night of their stay, with the funds going directly to the Forest Society’s conservation efforts in the North Country.
“We are really excited about this program,” said Nigel Manley, manager of The Rocks Estate. “We have so many visitors who would like to help make a difference by helping conserve land for the next generation.”
The first hotels to join the conservation network are Applebrook B&B in Jefferson, The Adair Country Inn and Restaurant in Bethlehem, the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, The Sunset Hill House and The Sugar Hill Inn in Sugar Hill, Woodard’s Resort in Lincoln, and The Silver Fox in Waterville Valley.
“We believe that our hospitality should extend beyond the comfortable confines of our establishment to include the natural landscape of the Granite State. The New Hampshire experience includes taking in the scenery, fresh mountain air, clean water and recreational opportunities that our forests provide,” said Chris Diego, general manager of the Mountain View Grand Resort. “To that end, we are partnering with the Forest Society to help conserve the open spaces and natural resources we all enjoy.”
The Forest Society, founded in 1901, owns 45,000 acres and protects an additional 100,000 acres of privately owned lands through conservation easements. It is the oldest and largest land trust in the state.
The 1,400-acre Rocks Estate offers educational programs year-round and features more than a dozen buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a network of trails open to the public, and a sustainable Christmas tree farm. Proceeds from the Conservation Network program will be used to continue the educational, wildlife habitat management, and trail and building maintenance efforts at The Rocks.
“These hotels are showing their commitment to the area by making ‘green’ not just a buzz word,” said Manley. “The money raised from the program will be used right here in the North Country to help with the property and programs at The Rocks.”
For more information on The Rocks Estate, a list of Conservation Network inns and hotels, and a schedule of events, please visit www.therocks.org. To learn more about the Forest Society, go to www.forestsociety.org.