Hersey Mountain Wilderness Area

New Hampton and Sanbornton, New Hampshire
Forever-Wild Easement; Completed Project

Hersey Mountain Wilderness Area ImageIn June 2007, the Northeast Wilderness Trust and the New England Forestry Foundation completed a 2,100-acre forever-wild conservation easement on Hersey Mountain, a forested property located in New Hampton and Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Situated on a ridge between the curving Pemigewasset River and Interstate 93, Hersey Mountain is a largely roadless property, forested primarily by northern hardwoods and home to a diversity of wildlife, including moose and black bear. Comprised of multiple tracts of land, the Hersey Mountain conservation project combines wilderness preservation and sustainable forestry.

A rigorous ecological assessment of the entire 3,100-acre property was conducted to determine which areas should be preserved as wilderness and which could be used for forestry. Approximately 2,100 acres were identified as a high priority for wilderness-level protection and have been protected under a forever wild conservation easement held by the Northeast Wilderness Trust. The remainder of the property comprising roughly 1,000 acres is being managed for sustainable forestry by the New England Forestry Foundation. This easement marked the Wilderness Trust’s first conservation transaction in New Hampshire. Sweet Water Trust, the Massachusetts-based foundation, was the creative and financial force behind the Hersey Mountain Wilderness Area’s successful preservation.

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