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We’re thrilled to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for permanently protecting the Granite Lake Headwaters property! This 515-acre parcel in the Stoddard Highlands contains two headwater streams that flow under Route 9, into Nye Meadow, and on to Granite Lake in Stoddard and Nelson. We expect to close on the purchase of the property in the next couple of months. Under Harris Center ownership, the land will be managed for wildlife habitat and forest health, with special attention to downstream water quality.
Protection of this property – which was the largest unprotected parcel in the Granite Lake watershed – raises the proportion of conserved land in the watershed to 30 percent. In addition, the Headwaters parcel connects with a 2,278-acre corridor of conserved lands stretching from Spoonwood Pond in Nelson to Route 9 in Stoddard – providing room to roam for people and wildlife alike.
This important land protection project was made possible by grants from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund and the Quabbin to Cardigan (Q2C) Partnership, as well as generous donations from individuals in the Granite Lake community and many Friends of the SuperSanctuary. Heartfelt thanks for all of your support!