What is Whitten Woods?
Whitten Woods is a 414-acre property on Highland Street in Ashland named for the well-known story of Reuben Whitten (see story here.) Located less than a mile from the center of town and the elementary school, this property has the potential to feature Squam’s first network of universal trails (accessible for all.) The property ranges in elevation from 700 feet at the road, to the peak at 1,170 feet, featuring remarkable views across the length of both Little Squam and Big Squam Lakes, and up and down the Pemigewasset River Valley.
Conservation of Whitten Woods will help maintain Squam’s scenic landscape and diverse wildlife habitat, while protecting the water quality of the Squam and Pemigewasset watersheds, and contributing to the local economy by ensuring the land remains a working forest.
This project is a collaborative effort between SLCS, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF), and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA). NEFF will own the parcel and manage the forest, SLCS would ensure its permanent protection with a conservation easement, and SLA would oversee trail construction and maintenance.
Whitten Woods has been endorsed by many local residents, boards and commissions including the Ashland Conservation Commission, Ashland Select Board, Ashland Economic Development Committee, Ashland Planning Board, Ashland Historical Society, Ashland Area Recreation Association, Ashland Garden Club, and the Ashland HEAL Steering Committee.
“The Society’s mission is to preserve the unique quality and character of the Squam watershed by protecting lands for present and future generations.”