The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests invites members, friends, and neighbors to join them at the organization’s 120th Annual Meeting to be held at its Creek Farm Reservation in Portsmouth located at 400 Little Harbor Road. This year’s annual meeting program will be held in person, outdoors, on Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. and will feature speaker Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.
The Annual Meeting will include optional field trips starting at 9 a.m., with selections that include a sail with the Portsmouth Gundalow Company, a visit to Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major’s Forest, a walk at Champlin Forest, or an exploration of the Creek Farm Reservation’s built and unbuilt environment. The on-site program will begin at noon with a picnic lunch on the lawn and under a tent at Creek Farm. The Business Meeting will take place at 1 p.m. and include the presentation of the prestigious Conservationist of the Year. Dr. Carolyn Finney will speak and lead a conversation at 2 p.m. on identity, land, and belonging.
Dr. Finney is a storyteller, author, and cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Motivated by her experiences backpacking through Africa and Asia and living in Nepal, she completed a B.A and M.A. in gender and environmental issues, and a Ph.D. focusing on African Americans and environmental issues. Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting, and teaching, Dr. Finney served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which assists the National Park Service in building relationships of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). Dr. Finney is presently doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.
“The Forest Society is thrilled to be celebrating its 120th anniversary. The organization is as relevant today as it was when founded in 1901,” said Jack Savage, president for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. “The Forest Society was founded to conserve the forests of New Hampshire. Diversity is the signature of a healthy forest, and so too should be the diversity of a healthy community. We are thrilled to bring Dr. Carolyn Finney to the Seacoast to talk about identity, land, and a sense of belonging.”
Early Bird registration is from now until September 7 for the Forest Society’s 120th Annual Meeting and costs $25, including one of the field trips. Registration is $35 after September 7. Meals may be ordered for an additional $15 each person or attendees may bring their own picnic lunch. Participants of all ages are welcome, so bring your kids and grandchildren on a field trip and explore the Creek Farm Reservation. Children under 12 years old are free. Parking will be limited at Creek Farm, so guests will park at the Portsmouth High School back lot and a shuttle will bring participants to Creek Farm. Directions for the field trips will be provided to participants upon registration. Register at forestsociety.org/annualmtg2021
ABOUT THE FOREST SOCIETY
The Forest Society is a private, non-profit land trust and forestry organization established in 1901. The Forest Society also owns over 190 forest reservations constituting nearly 60,000 acres in 100 New Hampshire communities It currently holds more than 750 conservation easements statewide, thus together permanently protects more than 190,000 acres of New Hampshire’s landscapes for the benefit of nature and people.