How You Can Help

The Friends of the Presidential Rail Trail are compiling an email list of hikers, bicyclers, and other  enthusiasts so that we can demonstrate extensive support for keeping the Rail Trail restricted to non-motorized uses when there is no snow cover.  Alterations to the current permitted usage can be implemented rapidly.  Although public hearings and a period for public commentary are required by law, often these are announced only shortly before they are scheduled.  Please join our Facebook group to keep up-to-date with any new developments.

Another way you can help is to join our letter-writing campaign, expressing your strong support for no changes to the current policy that has been in place for years, and effectively promotes non-motorized use of the rail-trail during the non-snow months. Remind policymakers that non-motorized use trails throughout the region is the single largest factor in tourism in the region, and that efforts to introduce motorized activities creates user conflicts where none existed before. Remind them of the long-standing economic support from  hikers, bicyclists, walkers, birders, fishermen and naturalists who visit the area in far greater numbers, and spend money locally. Remind them not to take this group for granted.

Contact the following New Hampshire officials:

Jeffrey Rose, Commissioner
Department of Resources and Economic Development
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Governor Maggie Hassan
Office of the Governor
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
[No email contact]

Councilor Joseph D. Kenney
NH Executive Council
Room 207, State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
cell 603-581-8780

Senator Jeff Woodburn
Room 120, State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Letters, phone calls, and email messages all put political pressure on our government officials.  Councilor Kenney and Senator Woodburn are Coos County representatives.  Those of you who live in NH should contact your own Executive Councilors and State Senators.  Even if you are not a NH resident, your voice will have impact if you say that you are in favor of quiet recreation, that you visit the area, and that you spend money in the North Country.