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Land Management

The Division of Forests and Lands and the Division of Parks and Recreation work cooperatively in the management of 217 State Parks and State Forests and 37 Conservation Easements totaling approximately 367,800 acres.

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Every parcel of DRED lands is placed into one of four major categories based on general land use: agricultural lands, conservation easements, forestry lands, and recreation lands. These categories are used for tax purposes under RSA 216-A:3a, 227-H:12 and 227-H:17.

Agricultural Lands - are lands leased for agricultural purposes and which are eligible for taxation by local assessing officials as provided by RSA 72:23-I(b), as amended. Agricultural lands total 412 acres of department land holdings.

Conservation Easement Lands - are privately-owned lands where partial interest has been deeded to the state for the purpose of protecting the land from development. These lands are often subject to public access rights. Conservation easement lands total 216,749 acres.

Recreation Lands - are lands that have or plan to have developed recreation and/or administrative facilities or provide moderate to high tourist attraction or user interest and include those adjoining areas that are an integral part of same. Recreation lands total approximately 12,000 acres. Go to State Parks and Recreation for more information.

Forestry Lands - are lands not a part of a developed recreation or administrative area that support multiple uses not associated with developed recreation. Forestry lands total approximately 155,000 acres.

The Division of Forests and Lands, Land Management Bureau is responsible for acquisition of land for expansion of the state forest and state park system, and disposal of land superfluous to Department needs, including surveying, the preparation of legal documents, record keeping, dispersion and reporting. Preparing up-to-date property maps and maintaining approximately 900 miles of state land boundary is a major mission of the Bureau, critical to the management of the State's natural resources. In addition, the Bureau administers the Department's agricultural leases, over 100 camp lot licenses, 162 garden plots and the dimensional stone mining permit program for the State. The Bureau is actively engaged within the Department and across state government at setting policy regarding public use state land.

Land Use Categories
as of Sept. 1, 2010







Agricultural Lands



Conservation Easements



Forestry Lands



Recreation Lands