Eastern Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Lincoln Woods Ranger .
Lincoln Woods Ranger Station. Photo by Christopher Mattrick.

Completed garden area at Lincoln Woods.
Completed garden area at Lincoln Woods. Photo by Christopher Mattrick.

Completed garden area at Lincoln Woods.
Completed garden area at Lincoln Woods. Photo by Christopher Mattrick.

Rain barrel irrigation system at Lincoln Woods.
Rain barrel irrigation system at Lincoln Woods. Photo by Christopher Mattrick.

Lincoln Woods Native Plant Pollinator Garden

Forest: White Mountain National Forest

District: Pemigewasset Ranger District

Description: The newest and smallest native plant pollinator garden on the White Mountain National Forest is now open for viewing! The garden is located at the Lincoln Woods Ranger Station on the Pemigewasset Ranger District in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is located a few miles east of Lincoln along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (Route 112) and is accessible to all. Lincoln Woods is the main entrance to the 45,000 acre Pemigewassett Wilderness Area. The ranger station is a small log cabin and the viewing areas are located directly in front of the cabin. Prior to the installation of the gardens the areas were a small lawn and a scrubby garden bed in which little would grow. The existing garden bed was filled with weeds and some non-native spring bulbs – the only things that would grow there due to the poor quality of the soils and the lack of water at the site. The cabin has no running water and the only electricity is provided by a small solar panel.

In 2011, Forest staff removed the existing weedy vegetation and turf and improved the existing soils with plant based compost. Native species plugs and pots, as well as some larger balled and burlaped shrubs were installed. The species were selected in part for their ability to be found growing in the wild in the adjacent wilderness area. To resolve the watering problem an innovative rain barrel irrigation system was installed. This system uses runoff from the cabins roof to irrigate the plants. Due to the small area (the gardens are little more than 200 square feet) the transformation was immediate.

The garden immediately became a valuable resource to visitors who were asking questions about the plants and the rain barrel irrigation system before the garden was even complete. All the native species used originated from local genetic types and include American hazelnut (Corylus americana), maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus), Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia), bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata) and numerous others.

Directions: Lincoln Woods can be reached from Interstate 93 by exiting at exit 32 and heading east on the Kancamagus Highway (route 112). You will pass through town and then pass Loon Mountain Ski Area. Lincoln Woods is located a few miles east of Loon on the north side of the road immediately after crossing the East Branch of the Pemigewassett River. The gardens are located in front of the Ranger building.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest.

Closest Town: Loon, New Hampshire.