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Trust To Preserve Sandwich Notch Property
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IN THE NEWS
LACONIA CITIZEN EDITORIAL
SEPTEMBER 3, 2003
WE ARE WHAT WE CONSERVE
Conservation is an important ingredient in regional planning.
We read a lot about abuse of the environment. It is satisfying and
gives us hope when we read of people who want to use the environment
in a positive manner, a use of benefit to all of us. A conservation
group wants to create an 80 - to 100 mile hiking trail that would
meander through the Lakes Region, a mini-Appalachian Trail with
fewer challenges than the one that extends from Mount Katahdin in
Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
The Lakes Region is one of New Hampshire's most beautiful areas,
one that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our state. The
Lakes Region Conservation Trust has put forth an exciting plan,
one that would take 10 years to complete, but, in the end, expand
the use of a part of our state that is already a valuable asset.
A lot of work has to be done and cooperative efforts have to be
realized before the vision of the regional trust can be implemented.
Tom Curren, president of the Trust, says the trail "would allow
people to come up here, throw away their car keys and do a week's
hike while staying in local bed and breakfasts and hotels. It's
for people that don't have time to do the Appalachian Trail. They
can cover the Lakes Region and see some incredible views. It's important
that this vision for New Hampshire gets asserted, instead of one
about sprawl and congestion,'' Curren said. "The reality is, that's
not how people want to see their land used."
It's a magnificent idea. Anyone who has hiked the ridge along the
west side of Lake Winnipesaukee or stood atop Mount Major in Alton
and gazed across the waters of New Hampshire's largest body of water
did so in awe. It is a spectacle of beauty never lost on one who
has taken advantage of nature's wonder in such a setting. It only
one such opportunity offered in many parts of New Hampshire. Heather
Clish, Director of trails and the riverway stewardship for the Appalachian
Mountain Club describes the territory the trust is talking about
The plan offers something not otherwise offered in New Hampshire.
A path with an east-west footprint; a trail from Wolfeboro on Lake
Winnipesaukee to Mount Kearsarge in the Sunapee Region. It is a
path from which to explore some of New Hampshire's most interesting
land south of the White Mountains. The Lakes Region Conservation
Trust has been successful in the past getting people to donate land
in an effort to avoid high property taxes and confiscatory estate
The people of New Hampshire have become more aware of the need and
advantage to protect today's assets for the enjoyment of future
generations. The Trust has a proven record of responsible conservation.
Even now it is working on conserving more than 20,000 acres in the
Lakes Region, including the 5,400 acres around Castle in the Clouds
in Moultonboro. Conservation is an important part of a state's development.
No, conservation and development are not incompatible. The term
is an interdependent one. Responsible development is the best use
of land as a resource and conservation of land go hand in hand.
Conservation is an important ingredient in regional planning. People
from elsewhere in the country visit New Hampshire because it is
a very special place. The first visit is seldom the last one. The
plan put forth by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust deserves broad
support. It deserves the endorsement of the State of New Hampshire
and its relevant agencies. It is vision and an effort that warrants
support in the highest circles. New Hampshire's landmass is not
large when compared to many others states. But New Hampshire is
a land of many uses, uses that make it a very special place in which