Forests of the Mahoosuc Range, New Hampshire. Photo by Paul Rezendes.
The people and land are inexorably linked in North Country New Hampshire, with no greater example than in the Mahoosuc Range and White Mountains, along the Androscoggin River, a landscape that has defined life and provided livelihoods in this region for centuries. Berlin, “The City That Trees Built”, depends on the great outdoors for jobs, recreation and quality of life. We’re keeping these connections intact by protecting 9,000 acres of working forest, including the 286-acre Success Pond, watershed and myriad wetlands.
Protecting landscape-level forestland and habitat is integral to conserving a rich mosaic of public lands spanning the New Hampshire/Maine border, including the White Mountain National Forest and Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, and protecting views for twelve miles along the National Appalachian Scenic Trail. It is also key to a four-state economic and conservation initiative across the Northern Forest to sustain the forest industry and develop opportunities for world class outdoor recreation.
These productive forests also provide critical habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species, including the federally threatened Canada lynx, and regionally endangered Bicknell’s Thrush, a species of global concern. In addition, headwater streams of the Androscoggin River are conserved, protecting cold water fisheries for native brook trout.
In Success, residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the intact landscape and its traditional uses, benefit from wood product and timber-dependent jobs, and promote the area as an outdoor recreation destination for hunting, fishing and other activities.
This project deployed our Working Forest Fund, which we’ve used to purchase nearly 200,000 acres nationwide since 2011. We buy time by holding these at-risk lands to craft a conservation outcome with local, state and national partners.