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Forest Society movie night series for Concord – April-May 2023

May 1st, come for a film screening of  “The Forgotten Forest Primeval – Rediscovering Mt. Sunapee’s Old Growth.”  A New England Forests Film by Ray Asselin.

At the Forest Society Conference Center in Concord, 54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH 03301.

At 5:30pm  join us for a Social on the deck, with the screening at 6:00 – 7:00pm. Afterward, a lively talk about old growth and NH by Chris Kane, Forest Ecologist, Steve Russell, President of Friends of Mount Sunapee and Forest Society Staff. Old Growth in N.H.

In the late 1800’s, unregulated logging in the White Mountains ignited forests fires and fueled public concern that prompted creation of the White Mountain National Forest. As demand for timber brought logging to the slopes of Mt Sunapee in the early 1900’s, local residents concerned by the loss of an area of primeval forest appealed the fledgling Forest Society to protect it. For a half-century, Sunapee’s old-growth forest was nearly forgotten, until rediscovered in 1997 by ecologist Chris Kane. This film by Ray Asselin shares the story of of Mt Sunapee’s original northern hardwood/spruce-fir old growth, portions of which are an intact primeval forest today.

Learn about the cultural and natural history of Mount Sunapee and the role the Forest Society in played in protecting Mount Sunapee – the Forest Society’s first Forest Reservation in 1911. The Sunapee Reservation of 1,185 acres eventually became the core of Mt Sunapee State Park in 1948.

Additional films will be shown every Monday in May.Forest Society movie night series for Concord – April-May 2023

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