The White Mountain National Forest is located in the north center part of New Hampshire.
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End of Summer Means Huge Caloric Intake for Bears - Put Your Food Away

black bear  Always put your food away in your vehicle when not actively dining and keep your backpack with you at all times.

While it may be hot and summery outside, to bears and other animals this is the time to store food or pack on the weight. They are frantically trying to prepare for the leaner months and your accessible cooler and bags of food are too inviting for them to avoid. If a bear should enter your camping area or site while you are dining, bang pots and pans, yell at them and continue to make a lot of noise.  This kind of discouragement often deters a bear.  Always report a bear siting or encounter to the campground host.   Bear encounters are less likely if you follow food storage guidelines at all time.  Visitors will receive a citation for sites where visitors have not properly stored their food as described in the guidelines.  

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.

This Weekend is the Last Campground Program of 2015

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

Enjoy the last campground programs of 2015 this weekend. An annual event, visitors enjoy a wide variety of topics in one of our many campgrounds. 

September 5 Programs:

Campton Campground: Skins and Skulls of Mammals of the WMNF

Russell Pond Campground: A Photographic Journey through the WMNF

Barn at Russell-Colbath Historic Site: Creatures of the Night - A Live Animal Encounter

Dolly Copp Campground: Edible Wild Plants

These programs begin at 7:00 PM.  Learn more about the summer campground programs.

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.