Protect the White Mountains
The White Mountains represent the best of New Hampshire’s natural heritage. From hiking along the Appalachian Trail to taking in the breathtaking views, White Mountain National Forest is an outdoor escape for Granite Staters. But the protection of the Mountains and access to their beautiful trails is at risk.
The best of New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest is where some of our family’s most unforgettable memories are formed—our first childhood hikes, our first time sleeping under the stars, our first glimpse of incredible wildlife. From hiking the Appalachian Trail to viewing the gorgeous fall foliage from the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the White Mountains represent the best of New Hampshire’s natural landscape.
Our natural heritage at risk
Yet the White Mountains are broken up by patches of privately owned land. If these private lands are sold, the White Mountains will be at risk.
We need to protect every acre of our public lands. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to picture treasured pieces of the White Mountains sold off and lost to future generations.
Our senators have a unique opportunity to protect the White Mountains
There’s a federal fund set up specifically to protect the White Mountains and other special places. It’s called the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and when an out-of-state clear-cutting operation previously devastated a section of the Appalachian Trial, the trail was restored through this fund.
Yet last year, Congress moved to slash the Fund by 93 percent. If Congress doesn’t act soon, the current Fund could even run out, putting the White Mountains at risk again.
Environment New Hampshire is bringing citizens together to convince Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte to make protecting the White Mountains a top priority during their current terms, leaving a lasting legacy for New Hampshire.
Sens. Shaheen and Ayotte have a unique oportunity to protect the White Mountains.
- The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established 50 years ago to protect special places like the White Mountains. When a section of the Appalachian Trail was devastated by out-of-state logging operations, it was restored through the Fund.
- Last year, Congress moved to slash the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 93 percent—leaving sections of the White Mountains at risk again—and current funds will run out this summer unless Congress takes action.
- Your action and support can help us protect the White Mountains—in the same way that it helped us reduce mercury pollution in our waterways.