The 146,392 acre Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest, encompasses much of the northern most tip of New Hampshire, and represents the largest unbroken tract of privately owned forestland in the State. This forest is a vigorous natural resource containing habitat associated with numerous plant and animal species. As the name suggests, the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest encompasses three large watersheds, the largest portion forming the headwaters of the Connecticut River. In addition, the Forest has functioned as a productive timber basket providing forest products and jobs to the economy of northern New England for over a century. The entire ownership is encumbered by a working forest easement held by the state of New Hampshire. The easement provides for forest management, public access, and conservation of natural resources.
|Property Name||Connecticut Lakes|
|Coordinates||N 45°11’42.29″ W71°18’41.14″|
|Previous Owner||Connecticut Lakes Reality Trust|
|Dominant Forest Type||75% Northern Hardwood 25% Pine/Spruce-Fir|
|Address||PO Box 237 W. Stewartstown, NH – 03597|
The Forest is located in the extreme northern third of the State of New Hampshire. The northern and western boundary of the Forest abuts Canada’s Quebec Province for approximately 24 miles. To the east, the property runs along the Maine boundary for approximately 20 miles. To the south, the property abuts other private forest ownerships; industrial owners to the southeast, and smaller non-industrial holdings to the southwest. Also adjoining the Forest is 25,000 acres owned by the State of New Hampshire (the Natural Area, formerly part of the I.P. tract) located in the northern portion of the property, along the Canadian border, and just south of 1st Connecticut Lake. The Forest is located within the Towns of Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown in Coos County, New Hampshire. New Hampshire Route 3 runs for roughly 14 miles in a generally north-south direction through the property and effectively splits the Forest into two large roughly equal sections lying easterly and westerly of Route 3. Route 3 is a public, paved, all- season road.
In 2003, the Connecticut Lakes Realty Trust (CLRT) took ownership of the 146,400 acre Connecticut Lakes Headwater Forest concluding a two-year process which began when International Paper Company sold its entire 171,500 acre New Hampshire property to The Trust for Public Land (TPL). In the subsequent years, a cooperative effort between TPL, CLRT, and the State of New Hampshire resulted in a 25,000-acre Natural Area to be owned by the State of NH, a recreational plan, a road maintenance agreement, identified special management zones, and a working forest conservation easement. In June of 2009, CLRT was purchased by Heartwood Forestland Fund, IV.
Generally, this is a hardwood predominated forest with 65% of the inventory in mixed hardwood species and 35% in spruce and fir. The forest condition and stem quality can be considered very good to excellent.
The primary forest types represented on the property include:
The Northern Hardwood type is composed principally of Sugar maple, yellow birch and beech. The type tends to be located on the better sites, often located at middle elevations. Sugar maple and yellow birch dominate the stands combining for over 75% of the total hardwood volume. The remaining volume includes red maple, white birch, beech, and aspen.
The Mixed Hardwood type’s primary tree species is red maple with birch, sugar maple, and spruce/fir, in approximately equal volumes make up most of the balance of the species composition. The type is generally found on the lower elevations and lower slopes of the property where transitioning between the Northern Hardwood and Spruce/Fir types.
The Spruce/Fir type is comprised primarily of balsam fir and red spruce. Associated softwood species include black spruce, white spruce, cedar, and tamarack.