FOMS “Everlasting Forests” to be held in Claremont and Goshen - Archived

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Did you know that Mount Sunapee State Park is the home to a rare and old forest that’s earned the state’s designation of “exemplary”?

Friends of Mount Sunapee will present “Everlasting Forests: The Mount Sunapee Story” on Wednesday, February 19, in Claremont (at the Claremont MakerSpace, 46 Main Street) and on Wednesday, February 26, in Goshen (at the Brook Road Inn, 1171 Brook Road).

Hosted by the Sullivan County Conservation District, the programs start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public free of charge.

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“Everlasting Forests” looks at the forest preservation efforts of the early 1900s and its enduring legacy at Mount Sunapee State Park, an exemplary natural community system (ENCS) that includes old-growth and mature forests. The New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau characterizes this forest as the only ENCS of its type in the State.

FOMS seeks permanent protection of Mount Sunapee’s exemplary and old forest.

Old forests represent valuable and endangered ecosystems and are incredibly scarce. They represent less than one-tenth of one percent of New Hampshire forests. Additionally, we’ve learned that Sunapee’s mature trees are critical to the integrity and viability of Mount Sunapee’s old forest. The mature trees buffer and protect the ancient forest and, with time, will acquire old-growth characteristics if left intact.

The program will include a PowerPoint presentation by FOMS president Steve Russell with a discussion to follow. And “Mount Sunapee State Park’s Rare Old Forest” (a FOMS brochure) will be available at the event. Or view and download it here: FOMS old forest brochure 2020Jan (pdf 5 MB).

The Claremont and Goshen programs follow similar presentations held in Bradford, Newbury, and New London. For more information and how you can help, please contact us.


About the Sullivan County Conservation District

Sullivan County Conservation District (SCCD) offers a variety of environmental resources and opportunities to help support Sullivan County schools, teachers, farmers, growers, and organizations & individuals related to conservation of natural resources and agricultural lands and place-based ecology education.

Our goal is to connect residents to our local lands and help each one develop an understanding of the natural ecosystems are a part of, an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us and the natural resources that sustain us, and foster a sense of place and stewardship ethic.

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