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Erin Rowland, Public Affairs Director, The Trust for Public Land, (617) 367-6200 x 321
October 9, 2003

U.S. Senators Gregg and Sununu and Governor Benson to Join Residents, Officials in Celebrating the Protection of Connecticut Lakes Headwaters

PITTSBURG, N.H. -- Tomorrow, October 10, U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu and Governor Craig Benson will join state and local officials, nonprofit organizations, and area residents at a ceremony marking the permanent protection of the 171,000-acre Connecticut Lakes Headwaters property in Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown, N.H. The celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Francis State Park in Pittsburg, N.H. and will be open to the public.

The largest contiguous block of New Hampshire land in private ownership, the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters property comprises roughly 3 percent of the state. It is the backbone of the local economy, providing both timber-related jobs and a popular tourist destination for snowmobiling, fishing, canoeing, hunting, hiking and bird watching. It also serves as prime habitat for an array of wildlife species, including pine martens, loons and ospreys. N.H. Fish and Game took ownership of the property's 25,000-acre Natural Area late last year.

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Directions: Take Route 3 North through Pittsburg village. Continue for approximately seven more miles, past Young's Store/Happy Corner Cafe (on right). Roughly 3/4 of a mile beyond the store, you will see a sign for Lake Francis State Park. Take the next right onto River Road and continue for two miles until you reach the campground.

Note to editors: To request a digital map or photo of the property via email, contact Gerri Comeau at (617) 367-6200 x324 or gerri.comeau@tpl.org.


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