You did it. Stonehouse Forest is conserved!

You did it. Stonehouse Forest is conserved!

12/14/2017 Update: 

We have big news to share!
Because of your support, the 1,500-acre Stonehouse Forest in Barrington, NH has been saved for generations to come – for public access, clean water, and wildlife. Thank you!

Click here to view a short video featuring the beauty of this special place, and expressing our deepest gratitude for your contribution – SELT could not have done this without you.
Thank you so very much!

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A secret lies in Barrington, nestled in forested hills, hiding behind “No Trespassing” signs dotting its boundary…

This secret is the Stonehouse Forest, some 1,500 acres of land adjacent to the popular Stonehouse Pond. This expansive landscape supports vibrant wildlife, free flowing streams, and miles of trails.

1,500 acres is a huge amount of land – it is one of the largest undeveloped spaces in the area. This rich land supports common and rare wildlife like bobcats, turtles, and moose. Its natural ponds are clean and free flowing. And its forest blankets the rugged terrain.  

Click here for a location map of Stonehouse Forest.

Map_Stonehouse ForestThe more than 50 separate parcels that make up Stonehouse Forest were acquired over decades by a European investor with a grand idea: to create an exotic game hunting reserve for a limited few to enjoy. The owner abandoned this plan, and in 2015 offered the community and you – the chance to purchase the land and save it for all to enjoy.

What makes Stonehouse Forest so special?

• Clean water begins in these unfragmented woods with natural ponds, bogs and five miles of streams. In fact, Stonehouse Forest is the headwaters for Mendums Pond, eventually flowing to the Lamprey River and Great Bay.

• Wildlife thrive here, such as reclusive turtles and bobcats, migrating waterfowl like black duck, and our state’s largest mammals like moose and bear.

• Family-friendly recreation: Where “No Trespassing” signs once stood, welcome signs will invite you and your family to enjoy a trail network for hiking and exploring Stonehouse Forest.

• For the future: For all of these reasons, Town and regional partners have long-identified the Stonehouse Forest area as a conservation priority – saving this special place for today and future generations.

Thanks to our many partners and more than 425 individual donors, Stonehouse Forest has been saved for generations to come. THANK YOU!