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Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Receives National Land Trust Excellence Award

October 12, 2009 | Washington, D.C.
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Receives National Land Trust Excellence Award

Jane Difley, President/Forester, receives the National Land Trust Excellence award on behalf of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, at Rally in Portland, Oct. 12, 2009.


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Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Receives National Land Trust Excellence Award


Washington, D.C. - The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) was presented today with a national conservation award for its success and innovation in advocating for both land protection and the careful sustainable use of natural resources.

The Forest Society was selected by The Land Trust Alliance of Washington, D.C., from among over 1,700 land trusts across the country, to receive its National Land Trust Excellence Award, which was presented at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 12, 2009.

“We are delighted to be recognized for our innovative land conservation work,” said President/Forester Jane Difley, who accepted the award for The Forest Society. “Our 10,000 members make us what we are today – a unique blend of visionary land trust and sustainable forestry association. Our success is due in large part to the strength of our partnerships as well as our recognition that forestry and land protection go hand in hand. We think it's a winning combination for New Hampshire's iconic landscapes, its multi-use forests, and the quality of life for the people who live, work and visit in the state.”

Since its creation in 1901, the Forest Society has been a leader in collaborative efforts to protect the natural resources throughout the state of New Hampshire. In addition to owning and actively managing 165 forest reservations in nearly 100 communities, the Forest Society holds conservation easements with numerous municipalities, provides an executor role in over 125 easements held by other organizations and has joined with nearly every major land trust in the state in completing or advocating for land protection projects. It also frequently partners with New Hampshire’s state Division of Forest and Lands and Fish and Game Department to effect protection of working forests and critical wildlife habitat.

Through consensus building and collaboration, the state’s oldest and largest land trust is a proven leader.  The Forest Society has always been looked upon to bring together various stakeholders to address complex conservation and environmental issues, in large part because it has always been viewed as a fair and reasonable convener and advocate.

Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance, said in bestowing the award that “From its first major initiative to promote the Weeks Act to create the eastern National Forest System, to the many other collaborative projects that reformed timber taxes, created a constitutional amendment to enable the creation of current use land assessment, and the creation of the Trust for New Hampshire Lands and Land Conservation Investment Program  - a $50 million program to secure 100,000 acres, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests efforts have proven themselves a successful leader in collaborative conservation.”  He added, “Together, the members of the Forest Society have preserved the quality of life and unique character of their community—now and forever."


About The Forest Society

Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is now one of the country's most effective statewide land conservation organizations. As a non-profit membership organization, the Forest Society is dedicated to protecting the state's most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources. It completed the first conservation easement in New Hampshire in 1971, and today owns 165 Forest Reservations covering 48,000 acres and holds interests in more than 700 conservation easements and restrictions protecting more than 117,000 acres, statewide. Visit


About The Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected.  Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business.  And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices. Visit


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Photo credit: L-R Rand Wentworth, Land Trust Alliance President, Jane Difley, SPNH President, and Peter Hausmann, Alliance Chairman of the Board. Photo courtesy of Francesca Dalleo.

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