In 1910, the first campaign to protect land on Mount Sunapee began with Herbert Welsh and Philip Ayres of the newly formed Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. By 1934, the Forest Society secured over 1100 acres on Mount Sunapee. In 1948, this land was central to the formation of Mount Sunapee State Park, now encompassing 2900 acres—spectacular publicly owned land, from the forested highlands to the sandy beachfront.
Yes, with time, change has come to the mountain, the park and ski area within. Yet, Mount Sunapee’s conservation heritage and ancient forest endures.
As it was long ago at Mount Sunapee, environmental stewardship requires advocacy, education, and inspiration to preserve our special places and unique natural resources.