The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
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Black Bear Safety - Put Your Food Away

bear catches the scent of toothpaste?  Do not store food or even toothpaste in your tent.  Bears look for any easy food source. Always put your food away in your vehicle when not dining and keep your backpack with you at all times.  Follow these guidelines to avoid a citation.  Visitors will receive a citation for sites where visitors have not properly stored their food as described in the guidelines.

Lower Falls Recreation Site Celebrates with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Lower Falls Recreation Site.  It was a picture perfect day to celebrate the opening of the Lower Falls Recreation Site on the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway.  The White Mountain National Forest was joined by NH Governor Maggie Hassan, a member of the NH Executive Council, a staffer for Sen Jeanne Sheehan, NH DOT Deputy Commissioner, and the NRCS Acting State Conservationist; in addition to Forest Service employees integral to the completion of the project and NH Law Enforcement Officers who also provided a great deal of support to keep everyone safe while the project commenced in summer 2014.

Forestry Project Uses Science to Encourage Red Oak Regeneration

Image of forestry project before site preparation has begun.  In addition to timber harvesting, the foresters on the White Mountain National Forest use science-based treatments as one of their many tools for forest health, wildlife habitat, and stand improvement. One project included site preparation to remove American beech seedlings, preparing an open seed bed for the establishment of red oak and mixed hardwood seedling growth.  American beech is a prolific tree that easily grows sprouts from existing roots, stumps, and even downed trees.  

Interested in the science?  Regeneration of Upper-Elevation Red Oak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire 
Leak, William B. Yamasaki, Mariko. NRS

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Water Safety

Image of screen capture for WMNF Water Safety YouTube video.

Heavy rain can create potentially dangerous and life threatening situations if attempting a water crossing or simply getting too close to take the perfect picture.  
Refresh your water recreating safety knowledge before heading out on your trip.

2015 Campground Programs

Squam Lake Natural Science Center were one of the presenters at a campground program.

Enjoy one of our campground programs throughout the summer. An annual event, visitors enjoy a wide variety of topics in one of our many campgrounds. 

These programs are made possible by a partnership between the White Mountain Interpretive Association and the White Mountain National Forest.

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The White Mountain National Forest and White Mountain Interpretive Association are seeking volunteers.

Wilderness Monitoring: Volunteer to Hike in Wilderness Areas

Photo with view East into wilderness area.

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just go for a hike and sit quietly for a few hours in a beautiful place? Here’s your excuse!


Learning Lichens Curriculum

Students survey lichens on a plot near their school.

Lichens can be studied every season of the year and in nearly every location. Learning Lichens will introduce students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans.

Trailhead Steward Program - Off to a Great Start!

Group photo of Trailhead Stewards at training.

This is a volunteer-based program designed to educate hikers on safety and ecology before they begin their hike.