The Forest Society has taken on a major land protection project to protect an important public drinking water source in the Merrimack River watershed. Manchester Water Works uses Tower Hill Pond as water storage to supplement Lake Massabesic – the source of drinking water for 160,000 residents of Manchester, and parts of Auburn, Bedford, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett and Londonderry.
Manchester Water Works has offered us the opportunity to permanently conserve 1,870 acres in Candia and Hooksett surrounding beautiful Tower Hill Pond through the purchase of a conservation easement at a price well below market value.
The Manchester Water Works project has received wide-ranging and enthusiastic support. Both the Candia and Hooksett conservation commissions support the project, and through donations from generous donors and grants from the N.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, the Merrimack Conservation Partnership, and N.H.’s Water Supply Land Protection, Aquatic Resources Mitigation programs, we’ve already raised $1.8 million toward the total project cost of $1.9 million.
All we need now is your support! In order to purchase the conservation easement and provide for transaction and stewardship costs, the Forest Society must raise the remaining $10,000. Click here to send a gift for this project.
Here’s why conserving this land is so important:
It is vulnerable to development – Even though Manchester Water Works owns the land, there are no protections in place to prevent future decision makers from selling it for development. The Forest Society’s conservation easement would permanently protect it from future political pressures.
It protects drinking water resources – The protection of this property will secure a large area of forest land, including two miles of undeveloped shoreline around Tower Hill Pond and almost 300 acres of wetlands that will help safeguard public drinking water supplies for Manchester and surrounding communities.
It guarantees continued public access for recreation – There are SIX MILES of trails for hiking, mountain biking, running, cross-country skiing and dog walking, and several state and local designated snowmobile trails. Tower Hill Pond is a favorite of anglers and kayakers.
The land is critical to wildlife – Despite its location just a few miles from the city, the land contains excellent wildlife habitat. A wetland ecologist who assessed the land found signs of black bear, deer, coyote, red and gray fox, raccoon, river otter, mink, snowshoe hare, ermine and bobcat. The area hosts at least a dozen rare or threatened plants and animals.
Will you help? Through grants and contributions from private individuals, we’re more than 85% of the way there. We urgently need your help to close the gap. We can make it, but only if everybody who cares about the region pitches in.
Please support this project today. Your entire gift – 100% of your contribution – will go towards the conservation of these 1,870 acres. Your support will help make this extraordinary conservation project a success. Thank you!