Salem, NH Town Forest Rules & Guidelines

Rules & Guidelines for the General Public

 

Access Hours:  Open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

 

General public use of any open trail is allowed by the following methods:

  • Walk, run, skip, jump, ski, snowshoe, sled, baby carriage, dog exercisers
  • Bicycle (non-motorized)
  • Wheelchair for handicapped (with or without motor)
  • Horseback (Please remove animal waste from trails)

Additionally, general public use of Trails A, B and C, unless CLOSED by the Conservation Commission, is allowed by the following motorized methods:

* ATVs * Trail bikes *Snowmobiles

 

The following are prohibited except as otherwise allowed by Town Forest Rules:

  • Reckless or endangering behavior
  • Use of any trail designated as CLOSED by the Conservation Commission
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dumping or littering (Please carry your trash out to the barrel in the parking area)
  • Camping, fires, and the use of cooking stoves
  • Hunting (except deer hunting as specified, below), trapping and the discharge of firearms, explosives or other weapons
  • Cutting, destroying, or removing any structure, tree, plant, natural feature or wild animal (except edible vegetation for personal consumption)
  • Unleashed or unattended pets (Please remove animal waste from trails)
  • Motorized vehicles and off-trail use of any vehicle
  • Building any structure

DEER HUNTING in the Town Forest is allowed during the special Town Forest Hunting Seasons. Hunters must have a valid New Hampshire hunting license and hunt only with muzzleloader or bow and arrow and only during the limited deer hunting seasons allowed in the Salem Town Forest.
The Town Forest Deer Hunting Seasons are:

  • Muzzleloader:  During the NH “Firearm” deer season as specified for Salem in the State of NH Hunting Rules (this is not the normal NH “Muzzleloader” season).
  • Bow and arrow:  During the NH “Firearm” deer season and continuing to the conclusion of the NH “Archery” deer season as specified for Salem in the State of NH Hunting Rules (this is not the normal NH “Archery” season).

All other hunting and hunting with rifle, handgun or shotgun are prohibited at all times.

 

IRREGULARITIES should be reported to the Conservation Commission or appropriate public official at the Town Hall. Firearm discharge should be reported immediately to the Salem Police Department.

 

Trail maintenance help is encouraged. Offers to assist with trail improvements or trail creation should be submitted to the Conservation Commission or appropriate public official at the Town Hall.

 

Activities Requiring Special Permits

CAMPING (and the use of cooking stoves) is allowed by organized groups who first obtain a Town Forest Camping Permit issued by, and at the discretion of, the Salem Conservation Commission.  Camping is allowed only in the area specifically designated for that purpose when the permit is issued.  Special restrictions and requirements, such as providing sanitary facilities, may be specified on the permit.  Campfires are permitted only by holders of a Town Forest Camping Permit who then acquire a fire permit, which is issued by, and at the discretion of, the Salem Fire Department.

 

TRAPPING on dry land is prohibited in the Town Forest. Traps set in water are allowed after receiving permission from the Salem Conservation Commission as required by State law.

 

Adopted by the Salem Conservation Commission on September 5, 2001