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Friends of Mount Sunapee advocates for the protection of Mount Sunapee State Park for its essential public values; conservation of the Mount Sunapee highlands and watersheds; and preservation of the unique character and natural beauty of the rural communities in the mountain’s shadow. Learn more.




Sept. 4 in Newbury: Everlasting Forests, The Mount Sunapee Story

Read about this program. View it on Newport Community Television.


Mount Sunapee State Park: lease amendments

On December 19, 2018, the Executive Council approved three amendments to the State’s operating agreement with Vail Resorts including a provision that enables West Bowl development at Mount Sunapee State Park.

Read the reporting of the Union Leader.

Read the reporting by reporting by NHPR.

Listen to the MP3 audio clip of the Executive Council discussion of Mount Sunapee and the lease amendment vote (Dec. 19, 2018) via FOMS Google Drive share.

Why did FOMS oppose these changes to the ski area lease?  Read our alert.

The work to protect our public lands, our Park, and our mountain area continues. See how you can help.

Although Vail Resorts is the new operator and lessee of the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park, the master development plan approved in 2016 for the prior operator (Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort) is still in place. And most all of the concerns raised over West Bowl development during the 2015-2016 debate remain today.

Friends of Mount Sunapee works to protect Mount Sunapee, its public parkland, and natural heritage. We continue to stand firm against misguided resort expansion.

Please contact us to see how you can help!




A conservation legacy worth protecting

In the early 1900s, decades before the formation of the state park, preservationist Herbert Welsh led the first campaign “to save Mount Sunapee for all people to all time.” At the time, timber industry clear-cutting was destroying Mount Sunapee’s scenic beauty and natural environment including its primeval forest.

In defense of a Mount Sunapee State Park for all, the challenge remains, and the work continues of land and natural resource protection, education, and advocacy.

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