Moose Mountains Reservation Grows by 150 Acres
MIDDLETON – After a successful fundraising campaign, the Forest Society, in collaboration with Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG), has added a 150-acre property to its 2,300-acre Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton and Brookfield. The addition provides snowmobilers, horseback riders, hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts with more guaranteed access to open, undeveloped land and miles of trails on connected conservation areas while protecting working forest and wildlife habitat.
“Protecting water quality, wildlife habitat and working forests that give us local wood products is important for all of us, but the personal benefit of this project that most people in the region might notice most is the beautiful, unbroken forest landscape along the Moose Mountain ridge that is visible from all around Lake Winnipesaukee,” said Jane Difley, the Forest Society’s president/forester.
“This project could not have happened without the help of the LCHIP committee and our other funders who saw an opportunity to enlarge this wonderful block of conserved land that so many people have worked for so many years to protect,” Difley said.
The Moose Mountains Reservation abuts the state’s Ellis Hatch Jr. Wildlife Management Area as well as tracts of Middleton Town Forest land. The area is a high priority for local conservation efforts of the Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, which partnered with the Forest Society on the project.
“This area is a priority for us because it is a large and relatively unfragmented habitat that supports a host of far-ranging species, including black bear and moose, and it also provides outstanding recreation activities,” said Keith Fletcher, MMRG director of land conservation. “It is our pleasure to work again in partnership with the Forest Society to add land to the Moose Mountains Reservation, one of our region’s great conservation projects.”