Red Hill Conservation Area Expansion
The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is proud to announce the expansion of its Red Hill Conservation Area in Moultonborough. LRCT’s acquisition of 88 acres of land on the eastern flank of Red Hill increases the size of the conservation area to 2,664 acres. The newly acquired parcel aids in the protection of tremendous natural beauty, valuable wildlife habitat, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature education as part of an expansive unfragmented woodland habitat.
Red Hill has long been an important recreational resource for residents and visitors alike. With over ten miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, Red Hill is one of the best places in the region for family hikes and is visited by thousands of people each year; for generations of children, Red Hill has been their first mountain climb.
For nearly 30 years, conservation of land on Red Hill has been one of LRCT’s highest priorities. LRCT is very grateful for extraordinarily generous support for this project from many individuals and families in the area, as well as from E.M. Heath’s Supermarket in Center Harbor, where over 320 customers donated to the project by adding a contribution to their total at the checkout counter.
As owner of the Red Hill Conservation Area, LRCT looks forward to conserving and stewarding this important property for the benefit and enjoyment of the community for generations to come.
Farm Trust Conservation Easement Project
LRCT has acquired a conservation easement that protects 1,615 acres owned by The Farm Trust in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Conservation of land in the Ossipee Mountains has long been one of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s highest priorities.
For more than 10 years the LRCT has been working to protect these lands that encompass scenic mountain summits and slopes, the upper part of the Cold River Valley, productive farmland, working forests, and pristine wilderness. With the support of a grant from the Open Space Institute’s (OSI) Resilient Landscapes Initiative, LRCT has permanently conserved this landscape for future generations.
Many qualities make the permanent protection of this property particularly noteworthy. The conservation easement protects significant areas of biodiversity, substantial wildlife habitat highly ranked by the NH Fish and Game Department, and resilient landscapes naturally resistant to drought, flooding, and changing temperatures, as identified by The Nature Conservancy and OSI. This project provides critical protection for vernal pools and the water quality of Cold Brook, a tributary of the Bearcamp River.
The land includes vast woodlands used for sustainable forestry, virtually untouched wilderness areas and old growth forests, and farmland used for livestock pasturing and haying. The land also provides access to Larcom and Little Larcom Mountains on abutting LRCT land and opportunities for nature education and scientific study. Finally, the property’s scenic value is unsurpassed.
The conservation easement will ensure that all of these qualities are protected forever. The land is part of a 21,150-acre conserved landscape in the Ossipee Mountains, including thousands of acres already protected by LRCT, such as the Ossipee Mountains Preserve in Tamworth abutting The Farm Trust land and the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough and Tuftonboro.
This project has been critical to the ongoing efforts to preserve unspoiled landscapes in the Ossipees and the creation of a habitat corridor connecting the Ossipees to the White Mountains. We are grateful to The Farm Trust for wanting to work with LRCT to pursue a conservation vision for this magnificent landscape and the support from OSI for making this project a reality.
Thank you for your generous support!
Whiteface Mountain Conservation Easement
The Town of Wolfeboro, through its Conservation Commission and the Land Bank of Wolfeboro-Tuftonboro, Inc., have donated a conservation easement to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust on three key parcels of land on Whiteface Mountain in Wolfeboro.
This conservation easement will ensure the permanent protection of 118 acres of land, including a one mile trail and the summit of Whiteface with its stunning views, for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.
The opportunity to protect this important landscape has been made possible by the hard work and generosity of the two organizations. The property will be known as the Whiteface Mountain Conservation Area.
Last year, the Student Conservation Association was contracted to establish a trail on the property. The trail is beautifully constructed, ensuring that hikers have an easy and scenic walk to the summit. The trail winds through a young, healthy birch forest and glacial erratics supporting vibrant lichen communities. These parcels provide a wonderful woodland setting for hiking and nature observation and also contribute significantly to the protection of water quality and wildlife habitat.