The détente in the north country between conservation groups and the ATV, Ride the Wilds juggernaut appears to be over. The management of the Nash Stream area by the state has been somewhat of disappointment since conservation groups shamed the state into snatching the land out of certain development by friends of former governor Sununu, albeit at significant cost funded in part by those conservation groups. What was envisioned by many was a gradual removal of the former leased camps and a transition to a wilder area with a much lower sustainable timber harvest rate. There were also hopes of new hiking trail systems and overnight use with a few backcountry shelters. What really has happened is that the state manager has elected to continue the leases for perpetuity and have banned overnight use with the exception of leaseholders. The Cohos trail has spent a lot of time lobbying to run the trail system over some of the more scenic terrain, they eventually have been successful to build limited trails but it has been a battle. The explosive growth of ATVs were not envisioned when the property was purchased with a mix of state and private funds and now the state is aggressively expanding ATV use through the area contrary to the agreed upon management plan.
Some of the conservation organizations are now pushing back against the state management approach to the area. https://www.forestsociety.org/sites/...tter_final.pdf
It is interesting to note the minimal amount of money discussed to enforce the rules on the trails, a pretty steady rumble rising in the north country is enforcement on Ride the Wilds is a farce, what few resources that are available are right out straight dealing with frequent accidents.
This is not the first time where the state acting as manager over properties with legally mandated restrictions has selectively ignored restrictions. The controversy in the Ossipee Mtn area several years ago came down to the state acting as manager allowing a land owner to ignore agreed upon restrictions that came along with a big federal check and punishing the individual who pointed out the mismanagement. The states response was to close the area to legally allowed hiker access until the snowmobile lobby complained.
Similar issues have occurred at other properties originally purchased by conservation groups and transferred to state ownership. Ski areas get leased and expanded onto protected lands and cell towers get built on wild summits despite formal agreements to the contrary with the original purchasers.