Conservation, New Hampshire


Conservation photography in New Hampshire; this work focuses on land stewardship (environmental issues, human impact, trail stewardship, etc.) in the New Hampshire White Mountains. In this social media era that we live in, outdoor recreation in the White Mountains has skyrocketed to the point where conserving the White Mountains for future generations is a constant topic of discussion. This body of work showcases the scenic beauty of our public lands, creates awareness for issues in the White Mountains, and promotes positive stewardship practices.

 

2020 Human Impact, White Mountains

Georgiana Falls Path - Lincoln, New Hampshire
2020 Human Impact, White Mountains - During these strange times, like many of you, I have been trying to stay safe and worrying about family and friends. I also have watched the New Hampshire White Mountains get trashed over the last few months. While human impact (overuse) is not a ...

Happy Earth Day 2020, New Hampshire

Agassiz Basin - North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Earth Day, April 22, 2020 - Happy Earth Day from the New Hampshire White Mountains! Earth Day is an annual day founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Many consider Earth Day to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. And the purpose of this day is to ...

Mount Tecumseh, 4000 Footers Hiking List

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire Autumn
Mount Tecumseh, 4,000 Footers Hiking List - On the same day that I publicized my Owl’s Head, Conserving Wilderness article, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) posted an article about some of the mountains on the White Mountain 4,000 footers hiking list may not be over 4,000 feet. Being over 4,000 ...

Pure Nature Scenes, White Mountains

Mount Jim - Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire USA
Pure Nature Scenes, White Mountains - In photography, many organizations and photographers consider a true nature scene to be a scene that is absent of any human elements. The scene itself showcases the pure beauty of nature. So keeping with the spirit of nature photography here are a few nature ...

Backcountry Camping Impact, White Mountains

Abandoned Campsite - Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire USA
Backcountry Camping Impact, White Mountains - This photography work focuses on backcountry camping impact in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Some areas are being littered with trash and are showing signs of surface erosion from heavy usage. And in other areas campsites are completely abandoned; campers are ...

Owl’s Head, Conserving Wilderness

Owls Head - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Owl’s Head, Conserving Wilderness - This remote mountain in the western region of the Pemigewasset Wilderness creates much debate. Established in 1984 under the New Hampshire Wilderness Act, the 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness is managed under the National Wilderness Preservation System and the Wilderness Act. Considered to be one of the ...

Human Impact, White Mountains

Abandoned Tires - Easton, New Hampshire
Human Impact, White Mountains - This photography work focuses on the many ways humans impact the environement. Every day beautiful landscape photos of the New Hampshire White Mountains are posted on social media, and this creates a false belief that the White Mountain National Forest is in a state of ...

National Trails Day, White Mountains

Gulfside Trail - Mount Washington, New Hampshire
National Trails Day, White Mountains - Today is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, an annual event held on the first Saturday in June. And the intention of this day is to celebrate and create awareness for America's Trail system. It is also a day to recognize the work of ...

Trail Work, Poor Trail Blaze Removal Practices

Tree Vandalism in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire
Trail Work, Poor Trail Blaze Removal Practices - In October 2011, Erin Paul photographed newly painted trail blazing along the Mt. Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. And sometime in the spring 2012, poor trail stewardship practices were used to remove one of the trail blazes. The bark where ...

Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains

Carter Dome - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains - When most think of the New Hampshire White Mountains, they think of the sweeping landscapes that dominate the region, and not the forests, historic sites, lakes, trails, and wetlands that make up the landscape. Today I want to share with you a few winter ...

Pemigewasset Wilderness, Conservation Success

Zealand Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA - Stock Photo
Pemigewasset Wilderness, Conservation Success - The 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness is the result of one the greatest conservation laws ever passed; The Wilderness Act. Unlike in today’s world where everyone wants to gut the Wilderness Act for selfish reasons, the creators of the Wilderness Act were truly concerned about the well ...

Definition of Wilderness, White Mountains

Owls Head - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Definition of Wilderness, White Mountains - I am currently working on a project that has brought back into the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The recreational opportunities, historical value, and educational platform this wilderness offers will educate outdoor enthusiasts for many years to come. These areas are governed under the National Wilderness Preservation ...

Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge, My Viewpoint

Tropical Storm Irene - New Hampshire,Thoreau Falls Trail
Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge, My Viewpoint - Like many in the New England outdoor community, I have been closely following the Thoreau Falls Trail bridge removal project. I have had interesting conversations as to why the bridge should be replaced, but nothing yet has changed my position, I fully support ...

Happy Earth Day 2019, New Hampshire

Coffin Pond - Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Earth Day, April 22, 2019 - Happy Earth Day from the New Hampshire White Mountains! Earth Day is an annual day founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Many consider Earth Day to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. And the purpose of this day is to ...

Scree Walls, Trail Stewardship

Franconia Ridge Trail - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Scree Walls, Trail Stewardship - Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword search term. I chose one search term in this case “scree wall” and searched my image archive to see what imagery I have available that represents this area of trail stewardship. As photographer, these keyword searches help me ...

Mount Tecumseh Vandalism, Illegal Cutting

Mt Tecumseh - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Mount Tecumseh Vandalism, Illegal Tree Cutting - Since 2011, Erin Paul has been unofficially volunteering his time to document illegal tree cutting on Mount Tecumseh, New Hampshire. And he reports any findings to Forest Service's law enforcement division. Forest Service is investigating this vandalism, and if they can determine who ...

Cog Railway Hotel Proposal, Mt Washington

Mount Clay - Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, New Hampshire
Cog Railway Hotel Proposal, Mt Washington - As you look at the above image can you imagine a 35 room hotel along the Cog Railway in the area you see? I know, it seems far-fetched. But the reality is the Mount Washington Cog Railway is in the early stages of ...

Trail Blazing, Trail Stewardship

Artists Bluff - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Trail Blazing, Trail Stewardship - Painted trail blazing (paint marks on trees that mark the path of a trail) along the White Mountains trail system is an endless complaint among outdoor enthusiasts. Either the trail is excessively blazed or not blazed enough. I don’t mind the trails that have little ...

Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge Removal

Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge Removal
Thoreau Falls Trail, Bridge Removal - In August of 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused massive erosion damage to the White Mountains trail system in New Hampshire. Some trails were damaged so badly that they have been permanently closed. And to this day trail crews are still repairing Irene damaged trails...[Continue ...

Trail Ladders & Stairs, Trail Stewardship

Hi-Cannon Trail - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Trail Ladders & Stairs, Trail Stewardship - Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword search term. I chose one search term, trail ladder, and searched my image archive to see what imagery I have available that represents this area of trail stewardship. And because staircases and ladders are often considered ...

Mountain Landscapes, Presidential Range

Mount Washington - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Mountain Landscapes, Presidential Range - Today, I am going to share with you landscape scenes from along the Appalachian Trail (AT) corridor in the Presidential Range of the New Hampshire White Mountains. I think its safe to say there is no other place in New England like the Presidential Range.....[Continue ...

A Wilderness Bridge vs. an Alpine Zone Hotel

Tropical Storm Irene - New Hampshire, Thoreau Falls Trail
A Wilderness Bridge vs. an Alpine Zone Hotel - Talk throughout the White Mountains and New England has been about a proposal made by the Cog Railway to “possibly” build a hotel and restaurant on the side of Mount Washington. The proposal itself has created disbelief among many. And I ...

Mt Tecumseh Trail, New Hampshire

Stone Steps - Mt Tecumseh Trail, New Hampshire
Mt. Tecumseh Trail, New Hampshire - This photography focuses on trail work. Since 2011, there has been an excessive amount of stonework done on the Mt. Tecumseh Trail. Sections of trail where four or five stone steps would have done the job have been transformed into one hundred foot long ...

Rock Cairns, Trail Stewardship

Rock cairns - Mount Moosilauke, New Hampshire USA
Rock Cairns, Trail Stewardship: A rock cairn is a man-made pile of rocks that marks a landmark or the route of a hiking trail above tree line. They have been used for many centuries and vary in size from one foot to massive piles of rocks. The word “cairn” is ...

Mt Washington Alpine Flowers

Labrador Tea-Ledum groenlandicum- during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This plant can be found on the rocky slopes of the alpine zone
Mt Washington Alpine Flowers - During the spring months, tiny alpine flowers bloom on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. And one of the best areas to see these flowers is in the Alpine Garden, along the Alpine Garden Trail. The Alpine Garden Trail is located on the eastern slopes of ...

Controlled Forest Burn, White Mountains

Controlled Forest Burn - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Controlled Forest Burn, White Mountains - The above photo is of a controlled burn that was done by Forest Service in May of 2011 along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I was able to document the burn site at three different stages of regrowth ...

Mt Willard Section House Vandalism

Crawford Notch State Park - Mt. Willard Section House
Mt Willard Section House Vandalism - In April 2016 the Conway Scenic Railroad, on their Facebook page, posted that the Evan’s family monument at the Mt Willard Section House site had been recently vandalized. I visited the section house site last month and was disappointed to see the vandalism. The ...

Trail Construction, White Mountains

Mount Tecumseh Trail - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Trail Construction, White Mountains - In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused massive destruction along the East coast of the United States. The White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. Many trails in the White Mountains were damaged. And this series of photos shows how one trail that ...

Vandalism, White Mountains

Beware of Vandalism - New Hampshire
Vandalism, White Mountains - A common topic among many outdoor enthusiasts is all the vandalism in the White Mountains. And this imagery is intended to create awareness for a very concerning issue here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. However, keep in mind that some outdoor enthusiasts feel some of ...

Forest Landscapes, White Mountains

Forest Landscapes, White Mountains
Forest Landscapes, White Mountains - As an environmental photographer, it is only natural for me to have a large selection of forest landscapes in the image archive. A forest absent of the daily noises we have become accustomed to hearing brings me serenity. Today I would like to share some ...

Sustainable Trail Work, White Mountains

Mt Tecumseh Trail - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Sustainable Trail Work, White Mountains - Here in New Hampshire, all we hear about is environmental friendly and sustainable trail work. And how important it is to conserve the trails for future generations. As an environmental photographer, I support this approach to preserving the trail system. And up until ...

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Cleanup

Cog Railroad Clean Up - Mt Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington, New Hampshire Cleanup - I recently had the opportunity to photograph the on going cleanup efforts along the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Another “Environmental” project that seems to be going unnoticed in the White Mountain National Forest is the cleanup efforts along the Mount Washington Cog Railroad. The ...

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge - Jefferson, New Hampshire
Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire – Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 by the National Park Service, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is located in the towns of Jefferson and Whitefield, New Hampshire. The main attraction is Cherry Pond, which can be reached by hiking the Pondicherry Rail Trail for ...

Trail Work Erosion, White Mountains

May 2016 - Mt Tecumseh Trail - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Mt Tecumseh Trail, Erosion Monitoring - The included images show how a section of the Mt Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire has elapsed over time. The first two images are from October of 2011 and the last image is from August of 2014. The intent of this ...

Kanc 7 Landing Area, Photo Monitoring

Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Project - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Landing Area, Photo Monitoring - The photos included in this blog article show how a parcel of land along the Kancamagus Highway in the New Hampshire White Mountains has changed over time. The first image (above), taken in August 2011, three months after Forest Service did ...

New Hampshire Wildlife Crimes

Lonesome Lake - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
New Hampshire Wildlife Crimes - Did you know you can report wildlife crimes anonymously online in New Hampshire? All you need to do is fill out a short online form to report a crime (see link below). Wildlife crimes can include baiting, poaching and / or harassment of wildlife. Never ...

Davis Path, AMC Trail Work

Davis Path in the White Mountains New Hampshire | ScenicNH Photography LLC
Davis Path, AMC Trail Work - In July 2012, I had the opportunity to hike into the Dry River Wilderness in the New Hampshire White Mountains to photograph stonework that is being built along the Davis Path. A professional AMC Trail crew, with the help of volunteers, is working on ...

Designated Wilderness Areas, New Hampshire

Zealand Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA - Stock Photo
Designated Wilderness Areas, My Viewpoint - In 2012, an article Wilderness Under Siege by The Wilderness Society was an eye-opening read about how the 112th Congress was introducing bills that could forever change the well being of America's public lands and wilderness. Conservation NH also complied a list of New ...

Greed and Selfishness, White Mountains

Mount Washington - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Greed and Selfishness, White Mountains - As the new year progresses, I find myself re-evaluating my values as both an environmental photographer and outdoor enthusiast. The sacred places I love and cherish in the New Hampshire White Mountains are all falling victim to the greedy hand of man...[Continue reading] ...

November 2013, Pemi Wilderness Suspension Bridge Update

Pemigewasset Wilderness Bridge Removal
November 2013, Pemi Wilderness Suspension Bridge Removal Update - The remaining debris from the Pemi Wilderness suspension bridge removal project, along the East Branch of the Pemi, in the New Hampshire White Mountains appears to have been removed out of the designated wilderness area. The debris is now outside of ...

December 2011, Pemi Wilderness Steel Bridge Update

Pemi Wilderness - Steel Bridge Update
December 2011, Pemi Wilderness Steel Bridge Removal Update - Along with the removal of the suspension bridge that crossed the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River along the Wilderness Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, New Hampshire, a steel beam footbridge along the Wilderness Trail that crossed Black Brook was also ...

Wildlife Photography Ethics

Wildlife Photography Ethics
Wildlife Photography Ethics - Every year in New England you hear about photographers harassing wildlife to get the "shot". It has become an endless problem with no easy solution, and lack of public education for nature photography ethics is part of the problem. Being an amateur or professional photographer has ...

Hand of Man in Nature

Scree Wall - Little Haystack Mountain, New Hampshire
Hand of Man in Nature - Last week I wrote about how some photographers believe that a true landscape or nature scene is a scene that is absent of all human elements. The scene itself showcases the pure beauty of nature. Well, the opposite of the pure nature scene is ...

Wetlands, White Mountains

Pemigewasset Wilderness - White Mountains, NH
Wetlands, White Mountains - As a photographer, who photographs the environment, I love the diversity of subject matter the New Hampshire White Mountains offers. One day I am photographing mountain landscapes, the next day abandoned historical sites and the next day beautiful wetland areas. There really is no shortage of ...

Unattended Campfire, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Unattended campfire
Unattended Campfire, Pemigewasset Wilderness - In May 2010, I spent a day deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire doing research and verifying information along the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. It was a wonderful day, but what I stumbled upon caught me completely off guard.....[Continue reading] ...

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Notes:

• ScenicNH Photography is in the business of photography. We create awareness for historic preservation and environmental conservation.

• Human impact in the New Hampshire White Mountains is the number one conservation issue. However, it has been an issue for years.

• While some may find the above work upsetting, it shows what is really happening in the White Mountains.

• This is a work in progress and is subject to errors and omissions.

• See more of our ongoing conservation work at the projects page.