How You Can Help

Over a century ago Herbert Welsh, the father of land conservation on Mount Sunapee, led a campaign to: “Save Mount Sunapee for all people to all time!” Welsh, working with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, preserved more than 1000 acres on Mount Sunapee. The Forest Society ceded its holdings in 1948 to the State of New Hampshire in the formation of our mountain park.

The Mount Sunapee Reservation was the first forest reservation in the state.

Now, it’s our turn to Permanently Preserve Mount Sunapee’s conservation legacy and protect the area’s scenic beauty and unique natural resources and old growth for current and future generation.

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Lake Solitude, Mount Sunapee State Park. Courtesy photo.

The Friends of Mount Sunapee brings voice to issues and concerns of people who love Mount Sunapee, our state parks, and the great outdoors. We are friends and neighbors, town leaders, and business owners, conservationists and public-interest advocates.

Vail Resorts is now the leaseholder and operator of our state-owned ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park. At this critical time for Mount Sunapee, it more important than ever to be involved.

Membership and donations from concerned citizens like you support our work. Your contribution will directly support ur activities, education, and advocacy to preserve and protect Mount Sunapee State Park for its essential public values and to protect our region’s quality of life, clean waters, and open spaces.



Share your passion and your expertise. There are many ways to help and support the FOMS mission. FOMS is an all-volunteer citizen group and we need volunteers to continue and to expand our work. Please call or email to discuss your areas of interest and how you can best help.

Expand the Mission: Areas of Interest

    • Land Conservation & Natural Resource Protection
    • Public Policy & Public Lands
    • Land Use & Community Planning
    • Outdoor Activities

See our Volunteer Opportunities


Share your observations, stories, and images

Friends of Mount Sunapee gathers and shares information about Mount Sunapee State Park, public oversight of the ski area, and the area’s historical, cultural, and natural environment. To contribute writing, research, photos, and resources to support our mission, email us at: