Forest Society Hosts Black Mountain Events

The mountain’s streams and cascades drain to the Blackwater and Warner Rivers. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.

This autumn, the legacy of conserved forest land surrounding the open summit of Mount Kearsarge could see a new chapter as the Forest Society works to purchase 1,025 acres on Black Mountain in Sutton and Warner adjacent to Mount Kearsarge.

Learn more about the conservation project at these upcoming events:

• A hike of Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. Preregistration is required. Call 603-224-9945 or email signup@forestsociety.org.

• Informational sessions—Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm at Tracy Memorial Library, New London, and on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm at the Sutton Town Hall.

Just two years ago, the land was advertised as a promising site for a residential subdivision. Today, the landowner has agreed to sell the parcel to the Forest Society, but the $1.2 million must be raised by Dec. 15. To date the Forest Society has identified funding sources for approximately $650,000 of the total.

If the Forest Society succeeds in its effort to purchase the property, the land will remain open to the public for hiking, hunting, fishing, and other recreational pursuits.

The property contains the Lincoln Trail segment of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway trail to Mount Kearsarge, as well as a local snowmobile corridor.

The tract features managed forest lands, scenic waterfalls on Mountain Brook, diverse wildlife habitats, and extraordinary views that stretch from the Mount Sunapee highlands to Cardigan region.

For more information about Black Mountain or to support the project, visit www.forestsociety.org/blackmountain, email skh@forestsociety.org, call 603-224-9945, or look for “Black Mountain, NH” on Facebook.

Read a related Sunapee News article: NH Forest Society Seeks to Protect Black Mountain

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