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: 

Success stories: our employees and our partners.
Setting our sights on: the Presidentials, Waterville Valley Area and Wild River.

Getting Good Work Done

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.
  • The White Mountain National Forest has been selected to participate in the National Forest Foundation's Treasured Landscape campaign.  
  • 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.

 Massive amounts of water in a short duration of time caused stone movement and erosionThe flood damage resulted in uneven footing and compromised access for visitors who enjoy this scenic day use area.Beautiful repairs to Rocky Gorge information kiosk.Alternative view to repairs made at Rocky Gorge
Erosion undermining the walkway.Repairs creating stability for use and future weather events.Walking the trail improvements.Trail repairs final.

Trail and Road Restoration Success Stories

 UNH Trail Restoration project document link  Wild River Road Restoration document link
 UNH Trail Restoration  Wild River Road Restoration
image of Ammonoosuc Ravine Success Story image of Trestle Trail Success Story
Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Restoration Trestle/Sugarloaf Trail Restoration


 Be Aware

Closure sign for recreation areas affected by Tropical Storm Irene

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. 

Wondering about favorite recreation destination?

Closed ... For a Reason

Selection of photos taken of Rocky Branch damage

Rocky Branch Trail - an unpenetrable mass of blown down trees.