Nearly 40 years ago, Londonderry residents envisioned the Musquash Conservation Area as a special place to enjoy nature, important land that filters drinking water, and critical habitat for abundant wildlife. Today the Musquash has grown to 1,400 acres of connected lands with 20 miles of managed trails!
SELT, working with our partner the NH Fish and Game Department, hopes to add 175 acres and to the Musquash network by conserving two key properties: click on map to see these tracts —>
What makes these properties special enough to be added to the Musquash?
These lands contain 1.5 miles of key public trails, including new access trails and the popular Heron Trail and the Shoots & Ladders Trail. Conserving these lands prevents the loss of these trails to development and helps ensure continued public use!
The Musquash and these tracts include critical habitat for the New England Cottontail, as well as many other threatened or endangered species that require active management to thrive.
Clean water starts in landscapes like the Musquash. Thousands rely on private wells and the Pennichuck water system, drinking water filtered by the Musquash’s forests and fed by wetlands and streams that flow from these lands.
How will these lands be protected? SELT will hold a conservation easement on the Doyle tract – ensuring it will not be developed or subdivided. The NH Fish and Game Department will own the Mathes tract, managing it for wildlife and public access for hunting and wildlife observation, and permitting the existing trails to be maintained.
Click the map above to see the lands that will be added through this project!
To conserve these properties, SELT needs to raise the final 3% of the project cost – or about $46,000 – by March 31, 2017.
Please click here to contribute today and help Grow the Musquash!
Aerial photo of northern Mathes tract, by Jerry Monkman