This 1,300-acre property provides connectivity for wildlife in Gilsum, NH.
Surry Mountain This 1,300-acre property provides connectivity for wildlife in Gilsum, NH. © Joe Klementovich

Stories in New Hampshire

Surry Mountain

Creating a lasting legacy a stone's throw from Keene.

Towering trees. Safe haven for wildlife. Free-flowing streams. Abundant recreational possibilities. Surry Mountain is a place rich with natural treasures, a vast expanse of forests, ponds and headwater streams. This 1,368-acre property, just north of Keene, is a critical piece of the conservation puzzle we’re working on piecing together in the Monadnock region—a resilient and connected landscape where people and nature can thrive, even in the midst of a changing climate. But the future of this special place hangs in the balance.

For decades, The Nature Conservancy and local conservationists have been waiting for the right moment to protect Surry Mountain. Today, that moment has arrived. With your support, we are now poised to protect this incredible landscape and turn it into our 30th preserve in the Granite State.

The Early Days
The Early Days The Richter children enjoy a day outside during their early days in Surry, New Hampshire. © Barbara Richter

An Anchor to Joy

Raising her children in the shadow of Surry Mountain in southwestern New Hampshire is one of Barbara Richter's fondest memories. Now she joins the effort to forever conserve this special place in her heart. Emmerse yourself in her story.

The benefits to people and nature abound here. If successfully conserved, 1,368 acres of climate-resilient lands will never be developed. Surry Mountain will link up to other protected lands, creating a network of more than 50,000 acres of interconnected conservation land in the area. Nearly nine miles of frontage along seven headwater streams will be safeguarded, providing clean water to those in the region. Black bears, bobcats, fishers and other wildlife will roam freely across the land’s extensive, high-quality habitat. The beautiful and remote Lily Pond will remain undeveloped, along with 16 acres of bogs, beaver ponds and other wetlands. Healthy, well-managed forest land will continue to filter our air and water. With hiking, hunting, fishing and snowshoeing galore, Surry Mountain will be open to the public, a place for outdoor adventure, inspiring vistas and restorative silence.

We have reached an agreement with the current landowners and have until December 31, 2019, to raise the $3.6 million to protect this irreplaceable landscape—before the property is put up for sale on the open market and the moment is lost. You can help! With your support, we can shape a more promising future for this New Hampshire landscape. Together, we can ensure that Surry Mountain remains forever unspoiled, a lasting legacy.


Black Bear
Black Bear One of the many species that call Surry Mountain home. © John Galarza

Your Support is Critical to Protect Surry Mountain

To join Barbara and others in closing the gap on this $3.6 million project before December 31, 2019, please contact Susie Hackler today.