Meet Nigel Manley, Director of North Country Property, and Anne Truslow, Vice President for Development of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests
The Rocks in Bethlehem, New Hampshire is the North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Known as a popular NH Christmas tree farm, the 1,400-acre property offers much more.
Beyond the neat rows of Christmas trees lined by perfect stone walls lies a world of history, wildlife, and experiential learning. The property is open to visitors year-round, presenting both structured and self-guided tours and programs. Choose a beautiful tree at Christmas time, discover the sweet process of creating maple syrup in early spring with our hands-on Maple Tours (NOTE: in-person tours are canceled for spring 2021), enjoy the revival of vernal pools as the snow melts, the full bloom of summer, and the kaleidoscope of color in the fall. Once the summer retreat of the Glessner family from Chicago, The Rocks features a number of unique 19th century farm buildings and the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A maintained trails system welcomes visitors year-round, leading guests on short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past magnificent views of the Presidential Range and preserved wildlife habitat.
Interview recorded in March 2021
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“I didn’t realize the Rocks was owned by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, nor the extent of the land owned and managed by the Protection of NH Forests.”
A GSA found most interesting: “The Christmas Farm and knowing trails available to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski.”
“They gave a great picture of what they do, particularly related to the Christmas Tree Farm’s year-round operation...Most interesting: Updates about what they will be doing to rebuild their education programs.”
“Like most of the agricultural organizations in NH, it sounds like the NH Maple Producers are doing their best to adjust to limited visitors.”