Pine Hill Community Forest


Public Access

June 29, 2018

The 436-acre Pine Hill parcel is located in North Conway adjacent to Kennett High School. Key conservation values of the parcel include

  • 6,430 feet of the Conway Recreation Path with deeded public access
  • 125 acres of wetlands
  • 3,300 feet of frontage on the Saco River
  • 2,600 feet of scenic, undeveloped frontage on NH Route 16 and US Route 302

The land was owned by the Kennett Company for many decades, and has been professionally managed over the years by Forest Land Improvement for commercial forest products. USVLT intends to continue sustainably managing the Pine Hill parcel for long-term timber production. We also will involve our community in planning for the future of the parcel by creating a Pine Hill Community Forest Advisory Committee (PHCFAC). The PHCFAC includes members from the Conway Selectboard, the Conway Conservation Commission, SAU 9, the Mountain Meadow Riders snowmobile club, the Conway Rec Path, and others.

Benefits provided to the community by the Pine Hill Community Forest include:

  • Recreational benefits such as hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing secured by a right of public access
  • Experiential learning benefits such as outdoor education programs
  • Environmental benefits such as protection of surface and ground water and wildlife habitat
  • Scenic enjoyment by the general public
  • Economic benefits such as timber products

Conservation of the Pine Hill parcel is consistent with the Town of Conway’s 2003 Master Plan, which states:
“As so much of Conway’s character, quality of life and economic base is associated with the abundance and accessibility of environmental features, it is important that the town encourage the permanent protection of environmentally significant lands. Failure to encourage the permanent protection of these lands could lead to the incremental deterioration of qualities which have historically made Conway a desirable community in which to live and work.”

Funding for this project was provided by the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Fields Pond Foundation, Open Space Institute Community Forest Fund, Town of Conway, Davis Conservation Foundation, NH "Moose Plate" Grant, William P. Wharton Trust, The Marshall Family Fund and other donor advised funds of the NH Charitable Foundation, and many generous community members.

PHCF Trail Map

State(s): NH
Town(s): conway
Acres: 460
Owner: 3
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