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. Read more »
Posts tagged: White Mountain National Forest
The Weeks Act 100-mile Legacy Trail has recently been unveiled as a virtual self-guided driving tour of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The tour is named after the watershed conservation legislation of 1911 known as the Weeks Act that led to the creation of national forests east of the Mississippi River. Read more »
Remember the devastating floods in Vermont – the worst in a century – that made national headlines late last August? Hurricane Irene pounded Vermont and the Green Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire and the White Mountain National Forest with up to 12 inches of rain in less than a day. Many communities were left reeling from the massive flood damage for weeks and months in post-storm recovery efforts.
More than 500 road miles and 200 bridges and culverts were destroyed or damaged. Communities were left stranded by the flood’s devastation of the transportation infrastructure. Millions of dollars of property damage occurred. Residents also suffered increased costs related to emergency service access, commuting time and lost tourism revenue. Aquatic life was also harmed when heavy machinery cleared “debris” and reshaped rivers. Read more »