Monadnock Conservancy protects 1,000 acres in Temple to Crotched Corridor of southwestern New Hampshire
Otter Brook meanders alongside white pine forest on the Otter Brook Farm conservation easement in Peterborough, N.H./Photo courtesy of the Monadnock Conservancy
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Contact: Katrina Farmer- Communications Associate
KEENE, N.H. — The Monadnock Conservancy recently accepted its largest conservation easement to date, covering 1,003.6 acres of Otter Brook Farm on the Greenfield-Peterborough, N.H., town line.
The protection of Otter Brook Farm brings the total acreage conserved in the Temple to Crotched Corridor to more than 10,500 acres. The corridor, a designated conservation priority, connects two mountains—one of which is a former ski area and, with our leadership, is now a state reservation—and is one of the largest intact expanses of forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats remaining in southern New Hampshire.
“[Otter Brook Farm] contains an exemplary aggregation of potential conservation land that has high value at the landscape level … Nowhere in the region is there an opportunity to protect such a vast complex of wetland types that are in nearly pristine condition,” wrote ecologist Rick Van de Poll in his natural resource inventory of the property.
The donated easement features diverse wetlands and groundwater aquifers, upland forests and a large, unfragmented area of remote wildlife habitat. Part of the property has been designated “forever wild” and will remain off-limits to timber harvesting in order to let natural processes prevail. The Northeast Wilderness Trust has accepted an executory interest in the property in order to help protect the long-term ecological integrity of the forever wild area.
Otter Brook Farm’s long-term goal is to become a trust whose mission is to “promote via practices, education and research responsible and environmentally sensitive wildlife preservation, agriculture and silviculture, and to share its resources and knowledge with the greater community.”
Transaction funding for the project was provided by the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership (Q2C), a public-private effort to protect the Monadnock Highlands of western New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. To learn more, visit www.q2cpartnership.org.
The Monadnock Conservancy, founded in 1989, is the only land trust dedicated exclusively to the 35 towns of the Monadnock Region in southwestern New Hampshire. Its mission is to identify, promote and actively seek protection of significant natural, aesthetic and historic resources in the area; and to monitor and enforce the protection of lands in the trust. Based in Keene, N.H., the Conservancy oversees 167 easements in 25 towns, protecting more than 14,000 acres of forest, farmland, shoreline, wetlands, wildlife habitat and miles of public recreation trails in the Region. For more information about the Conservancy or their projects completed in 2009, call 603-357-0600 or visit www.MonadnockConservancy.org.