From Park to “Working Forest”
In recent years, with budgets for New Hampshire parks virtually nonexistent, management of Pisgah was quietly shifted by NH DRED from its Division of Parks to its Division of Forests and Lands, an agency that oversees timber harvesting on public lands. The first logging operation in the park followed in 2008.
DRED next developed a Pisgah State Park Management Plan, in which 8,638 acres, or 64 percent of the park, is designated for commercial timber harvesting.
Much of this acreage is in popular recreational areas. In the summer of 2013, commercial logging was carried out along the Hubbard Hill hiking trail. For the winter of 2014-15, extensive logging is planned for the northern entrance of the park. (See “Photos of Logging in Pisgah” link on right)
In addition, while the original name of “Pisgah State Park” can still be found on the Division of Park’s website, road signage, maps, and official documents, the state now refers to Pisgah as a “Reservation,” rather than a “Park.” In 2013, signs labeling Pisgah a “Working Forest” appeared in the park’s parking areas. Signs indicating Pisgah’s status as a LWCF-funded property have been removed from kiosks at public entrances to the park.
Today, the state’s former hands-off management policy has dramatically shifted to very hands-on, and logging will continue — with much more scheduled for the future.