Created from a small pond and bog in 1868, Goose Pond served as Keene’s first reservoir and piped water supply, and the land around the pond was restricted from public use to protect water quality. After the Pond was removed from the City water supply system in 1984, the 42-acre pond and surrounding forest was opened to the public for low impact recreational activities. At this time, the City envisioned the property as a forested park where citizens could experience the beauty of a large woodland area. To maintain this vision, the City created a master plan for the forest in 1985. This plan was later revised in 1992 and, in 2006, a Forest Management Plan was developed. In 2009, the City donated a conservation easement to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests to permanently conserve the forest. This easement limited the activities allowed in the Forest and required that a Stewardship Plan be prepared to guide future land management.
The development of a Stewardship Plan for the Greater Goose Pond Forest represents the next step in planning for and managing the forest.