2,000 acres in Lakes Region preserved as community forest
NEW DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Partnership efforts have resulted in the preservation of 2,000 acres overlooking Merrymeeting Lake as a community forest.
The Birch Ridge Community Forest in New Durham rises over the lake with views of Mount Molly and Mount Bet. It filters clean water to the lake and Coldrain Pond.
The forest offers 13 miles of trails for hikers, cross-country skiers, hunters, and birders. And it offers critical habitat for wide-ranging species such as moose, bear, deer, and bobcat.
The forest’s protection was helped by donations from New Durham community members and the town; grants from the U.S. Forest Service and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program; and the state Department of Environmental Services.
A community event celebrating the conservation is planned for July 13.