Forests of the Mahoosuc Range, New Hampshire. Photo by Paul Rezendes.
At A Glance
- The Project's 24,200 acres are a contiguous block of forest that is all considered critical habitat. Over 75% of the Project acres are designated Highest Ranked Wildlife Habitat by Ecological Condition in New Hampshire.
- Protecting these lands will be highly beneficial to Canada lynx, American marten, American Woodcock, Spruce Grouse, Wood Thrush and Bicknell’s Thrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Eastern brook trout, all species of greatest conservation concern.
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 striving to protect 24,200 acres of working forest in Success Township, Coos County, New Hampshire.
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.
The 24,200-area is comprised of two tracts of contiguous forestland, a 15,200-acre and a 9,000-acre parcel. The latter was able to be purchased by the Fund with Working Forest Fund capital, which has been used to purchase nearly 200,000 acres nationwide since 2011.The land also includes the 286-acre Success Pond, watershed and myriad wetlands. In order to prevent conversion and fragmentation of the property, the Fund is seeking a working forest conservation easement to ensure sustainably managed woodland, public access and protection of critical wildlife habitat. While the Fund’s Working Forest Fund purchase of the 9,000-acre tract buys time for the conservation of this part of the property, the entire forestland needs permanent conservation.
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 wild 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.