Aerial view of fall colors on a hillside, with a marsh and more hills beyond.
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.

Each decade, species are shifting their ranges 11 miles north and 30 feet in elevation in response to climate change. How do we give species the best chance to rearrange themselves in the face of this seismic shift? The answer it seems, lies in protecting and connecting the lands beneath our feet—the places where plants and wildlife (and even people!) can survive and thrive.

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. Immerse yourself in her story.

Today, we’re one step closer to safeguarding a key wildlife corridor in the Granite State with the conservation of Surry Mountain. 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 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.

Thanks to the generosity of members like you, we have successfully raised the $3.6 million to protect this irreplaceable landscape and are currently putting the finishing touches on the acquisition. With hiking, hunting, fishing and snowshoeing galore, Surry Mountain will be open to the public as our 31st preserve in the state, a place for outdoor adventure, inspiring vistas and restorative silence.

In time, we’ll be sharing more news about the opening of the preserve and stories about some of the folks that have helped make it happen. We can’t wait to explore this special place with you!


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.