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Balancing risks and rewards is a normal part of everyday life, and enjoying the outdoors is no exception. There are inherent rewards in enjoying a simple hike, snowshoeing, watching wildlife, or blazing a new trail; however, safety should always be an important consideration. NEFF owns and manages more than 40,000 acres of woodlands throughout New England. With rare exception, these forests are open and free to the public for you to explore and enjoy. Here are just a few guidelines and tips to keep in mind when to remain safe while pursuing a wide variety of activities in our woodlands.
There are a few practical considerations and rules to keep in mind when preparing for your visit to a NEFF Community Forest.
Our forests are open from dawn to dusk. If you or your group would like to explore our properties at night, please be sure to contact us for permission.
Please help us care for our properties by following Leave No Trace practices. All trash must be carried out and disposed of responsibly.
Parking availability varies with each forest. During high-traffic times, visits may need to be coordinated to space availability, as parking on public roads is under the jurisdiction of local towns and thus can neither be encouraged nor permitted by NEFF. When gates are present, please do not block access with your vehicle. The majority of our driveways and parking areas are not plowed during winter. As a result, we cannot guarantee access during these months.
Camping is not permitted on our properties, with the exception of Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest in Center Harbor, N.H. Reservations are required, and must be made through The Squam Lakes Association by contacting them at 603-978-7386. Fires are prohibited in all NEFF forests.
Because they may cause extensive damage to the ecological, cultural, and economic value of the forests we are working to conserve, all motorized vehicles are prohibited on our properties. On occasion, formal snowmobile clubs may be granted permission to use trails on our properties, but this permission is at the sole discretion of NEFF. Under no circumstances is individual permission granted.
Alcohol is prohibited at all NEFF forests, without exception.
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