The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
Where is this Forest?



The WMNF is advertising for interested applicants for the Youth Conservation Corps.The WMNF is seeking applicants for the Artist-in-Residence Program. Longer days, spring on the way: time to take down the feeders.


U.S. Forest Service Travel Analysis Process: The Road Study

One of many roads on the White Mountain National Forest.The White National Forest manages more than 600 miles of roads.  Many Forest roads provide land management- and user-related benefits, however roads that cannot be adequately maintained can be unsafe to visitors and threaten ecosystems. The road study will begin to help us prioritize our limited resources to effectively manage roads used by visitors and the accomplishment of our broad natural resource management mission.

We invite you to review the road system with us to help recommend opportunities that lead to a safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable road system. We encourage anyone who uses roads or benefits from a national forest to share information and ideas that could be added to the Road Study report.

Road Study - A Brief Introduction [pdf]

Download the document version of the webpage [pdf]

Unique Youth Summer Employment Opportunity ~
Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) is a summer employment program for youths’ ages 15-18 who will work, learn, and earn together in the great outdoors. The purpose of the YCC program is to accomplish needed conservation work on public Lands. The program is sponsored by the Pemigewasset Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest, headquartered in Campton NH.

Learn More about the Pemigewasset YCC Program

Read about the 2014 YCC crew and their experience

Application - Can be submitted online, snail mail or in person

Don't miss the application deadline: May 8, 2015


Trailhead Steward Program - Recruiting for Summer 2015!

The Trailhead Steward Program was a great success in 2014, sharing the safety and ecology message.The Trailhead Steward program is a volunteer based program designed to educate hikers on safety and ecology before they begin their hike.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the White Mountain National Forest, connect with visitors in a meaningful way, and help protect the natural resources that make this forest so beautiful.  

What skills do I need and how do I get started?

Save the date: Volunteer Training, Saturday, May 30, 2015 

Accepting Applications for 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program 

The WMNF, in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire are inviting artists in all media to apply for the 2015 residency, a celebration of the connections between forest, landscape and culture. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2015.

Learn more about the Artist-in-Residence Program

How to Apply

Cover Letter for Application

Join Mountain Birdwatch and Contribute to High Elevation Bird Monitoring 

Annual bird surveys are an important tool in wildlife management. Do you enjoy hiking? Are you a birder- or would you like to learn more about bird identification to support a conservation effort? Mountain Birdwatch is a long-term monitoring program for Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation forest birds. We’re looking for beginner to experienced birdwatchers who are strong hikers to conduct a survey in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Green and White Mountains, or Maine. Hike a scenic mountain trail, enjoy the sunrise, and count birds for conservation!

Learn more about Mountain Birdwatch

Check out the Mountain Birdwatch volunteer resources

Select a survey route from the 2015 interactive map

Looking for more information?  Contact the Mountain Birdwatch Director.


Recent News


Winter Recreating: Careful Planning Required

Winter is a rewarding season to recreate.

Winter is a special time on the forest.  It is also a time to be extra cautious.  Keep the following in mind as you prepare for a day visiting the forest.


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.

Animal Tracks

Example of a couple of animal tracks

With just a skiff of snow on the ground, great adventures can be made sleuthing who is leaping, bounding, and chasing in your backyard.