Our mission: to conserve the significant land and natural resources of southeastern New Hampshire, including water, working farms and forests, wildlife habitat and natural areas, and community landscapes.Read more: Our Mission
The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire and Town of Auburn announced the recent completion of a 34 acre conservation easement near the shores of Lake Massabesic in Auburn, NH. The project was a partnership between the Land Trust, Town of Auburn, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Drinking Water Source Protection Program.
"This is an important investment in water quality protection, as the property includes a tributary to Lake Massabesic, the water supply for 160,000 residents" explains David Viale, Land Protection & Stewardship Specialist for the Southeast Land Trust. "At the same time, the easement allows for local agriculture & forestry, preserves critical wildlife habitat, and ensures that large blocks of open space will remain undeveloped and available for passive recreation and enjoyment by the public."Read more: Partnership Safeguards Drinking Water
When a 34 acre property in Exeter came on the market that not only provides important wildlife habitat, but also includes a critical leg of a well-used trail network, the Southeast Land Trust sprang into action with the Town of Exeter’s Conservation Commission to find a way to conserve the property through the “Growing Oaklands – Our Forest Our Trails” initiative. The Southeast Land Trust now has the property under contract, but we need to raise the final $37,000 by March in order to complete the acquisition. You can help by making a donation today!
is on private property; hence if the property were sold for residential development this loop could be broken and lost, along with valuable habitat for several rare turtle species.
The total cost of the purchase and protection of the Growing Oaklands parcel is $149,400. A combination of public and private funds will be used to acquire and conserve the Growing Oaklands parcel.
To complete the project, an additional $37,000 is necessary. The Town is considering a $26,000 appropriation at the 2014 Town Meeting and the Town and Land Trust are pursuing other grants from applicable programs, but these highly competitive programs have limited funds available. Private donations are needed to help fill the gap of $37,000 and show grant funders the strong support for this project. Contribute here!
The Oaklands Town Forest is truly a treasure in the southeastern part of New Hampshire. Your donation will help ensure the continued enjoyment of the Oaklands Town Forest!