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Jan 30, 2015 10:59 AM

Old forest may derail Sunapee park expansion plan in NH

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - The state is evaluating whether a 16-acre red spruce forest in Mount Sunapee State Park is pristine enough to require legal protection that could derail a ski area's expansion plans.

In a report delivered to the Department of Resources and Economic Development and provided to The Associated Press, the state's Natural Heritage Bureau says some of the trees are older than 170 years and the land shows no signs of logging or other human interference. The bureau deemed the trees part of an "exemplary forest." State law says exemplary forests on public land must be protected.

A spokesman for the Mount Sunapee Resort says the forest should not block the expansion.

Opponents of Sunapee's expansion say the state should reject the proposal because of the forest.


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