Conservation partners celebrate long-term protection of 174 acres

On June 1, a ceremony was held to celebrate the long-term conservation of 175 acres of meadows and forest, previously owned by Dartmouth College. When the college announced their intentions to sell the land, conservationists stepped in to protect the parcel to safeguard public access to the Appalachian Trail near Hanover, NH, as well as provide critical habitat for endangered wildlife. With assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and private donors, the land was conveyed to the National Park Service and added to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This parcel will then be conveyed to the White Mountain National Forest as the local land manager of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire.

White Mountain National Forest, Pemigewasset District Ranger, Brooke Brown, representatives from US Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Maggie Hassan’s office, representatives from the Hanover Conservancy and the Hanover, NH town Mayor; representatives from the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Dartmouth College and the Trust for Public Lands. Forest Service photo by Colleen Mainville.