The Dundee Community Forest Project
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has partnered with The Trust for Public Land to conserve one of the largest unprotected properties in the Mount Washington Valley. The property has pristine streams, mature timber, old-growth forest, rare plants, and mountain views.
The Dundee Community Forest project aims to conserve 1,172 acres in Bartlett and Jackson for sustainable forestry, outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat conservation, and protection of rare natural communities. This community forest will create a new trail system, maintain a highly stocked working forest, protect numerous rare plant sites, protect a stand of old growth forest, and buffer the headwaters of Wildcat Brook, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.
The Dundee Forest property consists of 16 parcels in Bartlett and Jackson that have been assembled and carefully stewarded by a local family over the course of the last 50 years.
USVLT plans to manage the Dundee Forest as a community forest in partnership with the towns of Bartlett and Jackson as well as local stakeholders. The property will be further protected by a Conservation Easement that will be held by the NH Division of Forests and Lands. The Dundee Community Forest will be open for public access for outdoor recreation and it will be kept as a working forest, continuing to supply logs to local mills, jobs in the forest products sector and revenues for the towns from timber yield tax.
Click here for a fact sheet about the Dundee Community Forest.