New Hampshire’s Wild Places & Politics

Autumn foliage from the Boulder Loop Trail.
Mount Chocorua, White Mountain National Forest
 

New Hampshire's Wild Places & Politics – Is it possible for today's conversation photographers not to get involved with the politics needed to protect New Hampshire's wild places? Ten years ago I would have said yes, but today I just don't know?

For most conservation minded groups, the vision of New Hampshire’s wild places is easy to understand. It is all about protecting the forests from human impact, hence the Wilderness Act. Wilderness protection is a very simple concept, but it ensures future generations will be able to enjoy the national forests. I guess it should be no surprise groups are attempting to invade these wild places for personal benefit.

July 2012 - Stone steps along the Mount Tecumseh Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Less than year after being installed and this length of staircase is fallen part. The hillside (left-hand side of the staircase) continues to collapse and erode. After a trail inspection by Forest Service in June 2012, they (FS) stepped in and took control of ongoing work along this trail.
Mt Tecumseh Trail – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
 

A group has emerged from the New England outdoor community that seems to be more politically driven than conservation friendly. No matter the issue in the White Mountain National Forest they publicly rant useless political propaganda with the only intention of causing grief for Forest Service and the White Mountains.

When researching issues that interest you in the White Mountains beware of groups or persons who do not attach their name to the claims they make and ones who refuse to support their claims. And keep in mind that basing comments on "I heard" is sometimes a trick to pedal disinformation about any given issue. Any group or person genuinely concerned about any issue will attach their name to their claims.

Appalachian Trail - Scenic views from Mount Jackson during the summer months. Located in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
 

For photographers, creating awareness for environmental issues now involves playing a political card. I hate everything about politics, but it maybe the only option to guarantee future generations will be able to enjoy New Hampshire's wild places.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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