Introduction and History
In the heart of southwest New Hampshire, one of the state's most picturesque regions, are the tree covered ridges and valleys of the Shieling Forest
The Shieling Forest was a gift to the State of New Hampshire by the late Mrs. Elizabeth Yates McGreal. Mrs. McGreal was a longtime resident of Peterborough and a nationally known writer whose concerns ranged from books, libraries and work for the blind, to forests and their proper use. In addition to her gift of 47 acres of land with buildings to the State of New Hampshire in 1980, Mrs. McGreal established a trust fund to help defray the costs of maintenance and operation of the Shieling Forest. This trust is managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
The Shieling Forest is operated by the Division of Forests and Lands of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, for the purpose of helping to stimulate public interest and knowledge on properly managing small private forests and related natural resources.