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White Mountain National Forest Named a “Treasured Landscape”

Peaceful solace is offered along a lakeshore in the White Mountain National Forest in Maine. It would be difficult for a traveler not to find a site worthy of a great painting or a great photograph. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.

Peaceful solace is offered along a lakeshore in the White Mountain National Forest in Maine. It would be difficult for a traveler not to find a site worthy of a great painting or a great photograph. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.

One of the best destinations to visit in New England is the White Mountain National Forest, with its campgrounds, hiking trails, scenic drives, beautiful landscapes and world renowned fall foliage.

The forest has recently been adopted by the National Forest Foundation as one of its “Treasured Landscapes,” for its on-the-ground restoration needs due to damage from flooding, woody debris, sediment and erosion caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

In 2009, the Foundation launched its Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences campaign to focus on building public-private partnerships in support of large-scale forest and watershed restoration across America’s National Forest System and community engagement.

This campaign is concentrated in 14 iconic sites from Alaska to Florida, with the White Mountain National Forest becoming one of the campaign’s newest sites this year.

“This new partnership with the Foundation, allows us to continue ongoing watershed restoration, repair trails and bridge damage, and address any spread of invasive plan species caused by the storm” said White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner.

Perhaps your next stop during the fall or winter season will be the White Mountain National Forest. Whether you’re a returning or first-time visitor, you must explore this “Treasured Landscape” in New England.

NOTE: Recent weather events have impacted some national forests on the East Coast. Campgrounds, roads and trails may be closed because of the storm. Visitors are advised to call ahead to the local ranger district office to find out about forest openings and closures before setting out on a trip.

The National Forest Service has waived fees during the Veterans Day Holiday weekend. To learn more click here.

Funding presented to kick off the campaign on the White Mountain National Forest by Bob Fries Waterville Valley Foundation and President of the Waterville Valley Ski Area; Mike Furgal, Treasurer Waterville Valley Foundation; Bill Possiel, President of National Forest Foundaton; Lori Harnois Director of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism; Tom Wagner White Mountain National Forest Supervisor. PHOTO CREDIT:  Edith Tucker, reporter, Coos County Democrat. Used with permission

Funding presented to kick off the campaign on the White Mountain National Forest by Bob Fries Waterville Valley Foundation and President of the Waterville Valley Ski Area; Mike Furgal, Treasurer Waterville Valley Foundation; Bill Possiel, President of National Forest Foundaton; Lori Harnois Director of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism; Tom Wagner White Mountain National Forest Supervisor. PHOTO CREDIT: Edith Tucker, reporter, Coos County Democrat. Used with permission

2 Responses to “White Mountain National Forest Named a “Treasured Landscape””

  1. Chris Daley says:

    Campton campground near Waterville Valley works for me. Franconia Notch, Jefferson Notch, Pinkham Notch all accessible roads for Mt. Washington region. East of Gorham NH is Evans Notch in western Maine. The Percy Peaks, Cherry Pond near Whitefield and Umbagog all points of interest too.

  2. mary says:

    As a native New Englander, now living in the southwest area of the country, I think this is pretty cool.

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