Did you know bats eat over half their body weight in insects each night? They are also important for pollination, seed dispersal and cave ecosystems, and research on bats has produced advancements in sonar, vaccines and so much more. The Forest Service, as a leader in bat education and outreach, is proud to be part of a broad coalition of private and public partners dedicated to bat conservation and making National Bat Week possible. Learn more about bats and help spread the word about bat conservation.
"Battle for Bats" film, discusses White-nose Syndrome (WNS), focusing on bats as important and fascinating animals.
Save the Bats Campaign, a public action campaign to inspire individuals to become involved in protecting one of our country's most important animals.Go the the Save the Bats Facebook page to learn more.
Autumn is Beautiful on the White Mountain National Forest
Planning a day trip, or spending a week - there are numerous scenic drives, hikes, and scenic vistas waiting for you. Fall is beautiful here on the White Mountain National Forest - the weather is perfect and the air is crisp. Take a look at our suggested drives and other links of interest to plan your visit. Enjoy!
Lower Falls Recreation Site Remains Closed - Site Improvements are Well 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 year. 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
Lichens can be studied every season of the year and in nearly every location. Learning Lichens will introduce high school and advanced middle school students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans. Teachers can use these four lessons to help their students develop their observational, research design, and field inventory skills. Students will also be able to relate lichen ecology to its valuable use as a bioindicator of air quality and old growth habitat. The curriculum includes 4 lessons, student data sheets and protocols, teacher notes, and instructional PowerPoints for teachers and students. Everything needed for the field inventory lesson is included in a kit that can be borrowed from the White Mountain National Forest. Learning Lichens has been developed and field tested by high school ecology teacher, Sarah Thorne and her students at Prospect Mt. High School in Alton, NH.
Don't let the forecast fool you; the weather and recreating conditions are highly unpredicable, especially between low and higher elevations. Keep the following in mind as you prepare for a day enjoying the forest.