New England Forestry Foundation has had a role in the conservation of Squam Lakes and their watershed since 1953, when John Wister donated the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest to NEFF—the first conservation land in the entire watershed. Today, thanks to private conservation efforts led by local groups, fully 30 percent of Squam’s land is now permanently conserved.
We Work for New England’s Forests
A hike through a New Hampshire forest in the fall; a Vermont barn made from locally milled trees; and the clear, clean waters of a Maine river—these are just a few of the many gifts that New England’s forests offer. Across the region, forests provide timber for construction, local jobs, wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and recreational opportunities. These benefits support a vibrant and thriving region, and New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) works to protect them for future generations.
Founded in 1944, NEFF pursues innovative programs to advance conservation and forestry throughout New England. In partnership with land owners, NEFF has conserved more than 1.1 million acres of forest, including one out of every three acres of forestland protected in New England since 1999.
We Share a Common Vision
NEFF’s Braintree Mountain Forest encompasses 1,547 acres of pristine hiking trails, backcountry skiing opportunities, and scenic overlooks from the tops of 3,000-foot peaks in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Paul Kendall and Sharon Rives donated the forest to NEFF in 2013, conserving the working forest forever. This is their story.