This Land Is Your Land

The Nature Conservancy has long recognized the importance of America’s public lands.  Americans look to our beloved landscapes to support and enrich our lives.

Even during its infancy as a country, America recognized the beauty and need for conservation to sustain our nation.

  • Franconia Notch State Park is home to the "Great Stone Face" known affectionatelly as the Old Man of the Mountain. Discovered in 1805, the rock formation was quickly immortalized by both Nathanial Hawthorne and Daniel Webster and was visited by millions before crumbling in 2003. 
  • Established in 1881 by the newly formed Division of Parks and Recreation, Miller State Park (a.k.a. South Pack Monadnock) became New Hampshire's first state park. 
  • The Weeks Act of 1914 allowed for state lands sold, cut and burned over by private owners to once again become public domain.  Under the act, New Hampshire acquired 7,000 acres in Benton which became the base of the White Mountain National Forest.  Now at nearly 800,000 acres, the WMNF is one of the most heavily visited forests in the country.

Today, the Conservancy supports policy initiatives such as America’s Great Outdoors and urges a permanent commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

Of course, the Conservancy also has a long history of working with local, state and federal entities to establish and expand popular and iconic places. While the sites below represent only a fraction of our projects in New Hampshire, we hope these highlights will inspire you to explore and protect our great outdoors
After all, this land is your land.

Fall Mountain

Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Nash Stream

Connecticut Lakes Headwaters


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