Looking Toward the Future With Our Partners and the National Forest Foundation
On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene arrived in New England. The storm brought torrential rain that carried woody debris and sediment, rolled boulders downstream carving out wider banks and “jumping” stream banks to find new routes – often rushing down adjacent roads or trails that caused extensive erosion. The result? Damage to White Mountain National Forest roads, bridges and hiking trails.
View our successes thus far and where we are going with our partners and NFF:
The Forest is doing a lot of good work this summer:
Most roads and bridges (and a handful of trails) are being restored through Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads and Trails Federal Highway money. The WMNF was approved for $4.4 million; $3.4 millon has been received thus far.
Forest Service appropriations were received to restore many trails. Employees and partners are hard at work on our trail system and watersheds.
However, there will still be more restoration work to do - about $2.5 - $3 million in trail work alone. We're going to need help.
Rocky Gorge Day Use Area
This popular day use area received significant amounts of flooding and damage. Less than one year later, it is open for all to enjoy.
Trail and Road Restoration Success Stories
UNH Trail Restoration
Wild River Road Restoration
Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Restoration
Trestle/Sugarloaf Trail Restoration
If you encounter a closure or other notification sign on your way to a favorite destination - please heed them. Tropical Storm Irene severely damaged some areas, leaving them in an unsafe condition for visitors.