Lower Falls Recreation Site Is Closed - Site Improvements Underway
Site improvements are under way at Lower Falls Recreation site, and while it will remain closed until November, the upgrades and improvements are significant and worth a visit next summer. The forest is looking forward to renovations that will improve public safety, the recreation experience, and minimize visitor impacts to the area. While Lower Falls is closed, please refrain from slowing down or pulling over. Learn more
Secure your Food - "A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear"
The feeding of bears, intentional or unintentional, is prohibited on the White Mountain National Forest. Visitors who have not properly stored their food risk their own safety and receiving a citation. First priority upon arriving at your destination: secure your food.
Put all food away even during the daytime. Never leave a buffet on the picnic table - whether you are there or not.
Never leave your backpack.
Do not store food in pop-up campers. Bears can and have ripped through the canvas tent.
Bears that are successful obtaining human food may have to be trapped or killed. "A fed bear is a dead bear."
Following safe food storage practices protects both you and the bears. Follow these guidelines to practice safe recreating in bear country.
Visible summer projects on a national forest often includes new coats of paint, hiking trails improvements, and campgrounds to capacity. Behind-the-scenes is a whole host of land and resource management projects. The watershed program has been busy this summer implementing the new national monitoring protocol. Historically, the watershed program has monitored watersheds and water quality but this newly implemented protocol evaluates how successful soil and water protection measures have been for different forest projects and activities. The evaluation process includes an interdisciplinary team of specialists, including soil, water, forestry, recreation and planning staff. Did you know the Forest Service manages the largest single source of water in the U.S.? Learn more interesting facts about watersheds.
Forest Sign Extraordinaire: Volunteer Jim Wells
Ask forest volunteer, Jim Wells, how he got his start on the White Mountain National Forest, and he pulls up a chair and gives a thorough description of who he met and how the pieces fell into place. Mr. Wells has managed the wood working shop for about 3 years, and during that time has replaced numerous trail signs as well as significant and otherwise costly roadway signs. Jim's latest project replaces the old and weather-beaten sign thousands of visitors see each year at the height of land on the Kancamagus Highway. Read more
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the WMNF has scheduled several public viewings of American Values: American Wilderness in communities surrounding the Forest and one showing in Boston. The movie will be preceded by a brief introduction about Wilderness, and followed by a group discussion/question and answer session facilitated by Forest Service Wilderness recreation staff.
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.