Munroe Preserve Conservation Easement

Ossipee, NH

October 2019

The Dan Hole Pond Water Trust (DHPWT) has granted a conservation easement to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) to ensure the protection of the Charles Norman Munroe Preserve forever.

Photo by Rick Van de Poll

DHPWT acquired the Charles Norman Munroe Preserve in 2016. This protects 177 acres of diverse and highly ranked habitat along the Pine River, in Ossipee. By holding conservation easement, LRCT will monitor the property regularly to ensure the continuation of protecting the Munroe Preserve’s conservation values. This includes the property’s extensive wetlands and upland forests that are home to a wide variety of wildlife.

The Munroe Preserve includes almost two miles of river frontage, 28 acres of wetlands, and abuts the 3,244-acre Pine River State Forest, thus adding to a magnificent wildlife corridor. According to Dr. Rick Van de Poll, the diversity of ecosystems on the preserve provide exceptional habitat for a large variety of plants and wildlife.

LRCT and DHPWT have had a long and collaborative relationship in their complementary work of conserving important landscapes in and around the Ossipee Mountains. This is the first official partnership between the two organizations on a conservation property. The two organizations look forward to their partnership in permanently preserving the Munroe Preserve’s spectacular habitat and making it available for public benefit and enjoyment.