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Media Invited to Ceremony Marking Completion of Land Conservation in Londonderry

Richard Cook, NHFG: (603) 271-1133
Brian Hart, SELT: (603) 778-6088
Mike Speltz, Londonderry Conservation Commission: (603) 432-4121

October 30, 2017

CONCORD, NH -- Members of the media are invited to attend a ceremony celebrating the completion of a large land conservation project in Londonderry, NH, known as the “Musquash Expansion.” The event will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the end of Preserve Drive in Londonderry.


The collaborative effort involved the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT), and the Town of Londonderry.


As part of the project, Fish and Game created a new 150-acre wildlife management area known as the Musquash Swamp WMA, and SELT acquired a 26-acre conservation easement protecting scenic farmland and streams that are important for the Pennichuck Water Works public drinking water supply. Both of these areas add to the Town of Londonderry’s over 1,000-acre Musquash Swamp Conservation Area.


“These conservation projects protect important reptile and amphibian habitat, and theoak-pine forest provides a significant amount of hard mast for deer, turkey, and bear,” said Fish and Game Land Agent Richard Cook.


Brian Hart, Executive Director of SELT, adds, “In addition to the important wildlife habitat benefits these projects provide, they also achieve the shared goals of two landowners that included ensuring their lands remained undeveloped for the public to enjoy.”


In addition to generous partial donations by the landowners, these projects were funded through the federal Wildlife Restoration Program, New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the NH Department of Environmental Services’ Aquatic Resources Mitigation (ARM) Fund and Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program, and the NH Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.


Among the dignitaries who will be on hand to mark the completion of this significant conservation project will be NH Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director Brian Hart of the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Londonderry Town Administrator Kevin Smith, Executive Director LCHIP Dijit Taylor, State Senator Sharon Carson, and landowner Leah Doyle.


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