Working Together to Keep Private Lands Open to the Public

CONCORD, N.H. — We are all a part of the puzzle that keeps private lands open for public access. Whether you hunt, fish, snowmobile, hike, or watch wildlife, your daily interactions with landowners helps create a positive, safe, and welcoming environment on our private lands. Did you know that over 70% of New Hampshire’s land is in private ownership? We all have a responsibility to keep up good relations with these landowners so that future generations can experience safe and open recreational access on private lands.

Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated.

Now is a great time to thank these generous landowners for allowing you to play and participate in your favorite outdoor activity on their property. A sincere thanks, handshake, or small gift will go a long way in keeping positive relations and open communication.

Having access to private land is a privilege, one we all hope to maintain for future generations. Demonstrate kindness, responsibility, and respect on others’ land in front of the next generation. Show kids the best way to interact with private landowners and the message will be heard loud and clear. Let’s keep the tradition of open access in New Hampshire a lasting tradition.

New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program works in partnership with landowners, hunters, and anglers by proactively addressing problems landowners experience while providing access to others. To learn more about the program, including Operation Land Share, please go to