Washburn Family Forest
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests successfully reached its goal needed conserve 2,121 acres of working forest and wildlife habitat that forms the gateway to Pittsburg and the Connecticut Lakes region along scenic Route 3 north of Colebrook in 2008. The property, the Washburn Family Forest, which includes more than six miles of pristine shoreline along the Upper Connecticut River, a regionally significant deer yard and an important snowmobile trail, is now the Forest Society’s largest forest reservation north of the notches.
The 2,121 acres of the Washburn Family Forest have been identified as a high conservation priority in the NH Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Action Plan and the Atlantic Northern Forest Bird Conservation Initiative/Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. The land is also very close to the 146,500-acre Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest , protected by a state held conservation easement.
The Connecticut River , small streams, wetlands, and forests provide the food and shelter needed by moose, deer, bear, fisher, mink, and otter, as well as many migratory waterfowl and boreal bird species to survive. Even the bald eagle and threatened Northern Harrier have a home here. The six miles of river frontage include sections that provide important nursery and rearing habitat for juvenile Atlantic salmon and spawning habitat for adult salmon. The land also supports several significant rare plants and natural communities.
The Washburn Family Forest is open to hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting.
N 45º 01.208’ W 071º 27.830’ elevation 1200’