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We discuss what this summer will look like for New Hampshire's state parks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While record numbers of Granite Staters are heading to the parks to seek out local recreation, new social distancing guidelines and other protocols mean that the experience will be different this year. We chat with the state parks director about how he and his staff are preparing. 

Air date: Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

Hundreds of hikers and skiers started the new year outside as part of New Hampshire State Parks' First Day Hikes program. Five parks throughout the state - Monadnock, Franconia Notch, Odiorne Point, Milan Hill, and Bear Brook - welcomed visitors with trail maps, campfires, and hot chocolate.


Phillip Bryce, Director of New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, oversees 93 parks and their infrastructure, including beaches, lakes, forests, trails, and buildings.  We ask how healthy our parks are and what the balance is, between attracting visitors and preserving natural resources.  

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

 Governor Sununu and the Executive Council approved more than $168,000 for the Attorney General's office to raise salaries.


Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says his attorneys make less than they would in many county offices, and that some are leaving as a result.

Robert Garrova for NHPR

More than 100 people packed the lodge at Mount Sunapee Resort Wednesday night to hear from state officials about a proposed lease transfer of Sunapee State Park land.

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The rhododendrons that bloom once a year at a New Hampshire state park are coming out, but vegetative growth may be hiding some of them.

A New Hampshire State Parks report Thursday said most bushes of Rhododendron maximum, also known as great laurel or rosebay, have opened their buds in a 16-acre grove in Fitzwilliam that's part of Rhododendron State Park.