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A Community Treasure

Local pond's undeveloped land is worth saving
Photo of Cunningham Pond by Judy Blake

For many residents and visitors to Peterborough, N.H., Cunningham Pond is their special place. The 40-acre pond is perched above the historic downtown, in the shadow of Pack Monadnock, and home to the town beach. It’s a community treasure. But currently the largest parcel of land on the pond is for sale.

Last year, part of this property was subdivided. The sale of three building lots on the east shore signaled that time is running out to save the pond’s remaining shoreline and surrounding forest.

The pond, a former public water supply, serves the needs of people and wildlife alike. In summer, swimmers splash in the clear water, and in winter skaters glide across the smooth ice. Anglers pursue year-round one of the best largemouth bass populations in the state, and the entire area teems with songbirds. The largely undeveloped shoreline and adjacent forests are home to deer, fox, fisher, bobcat, coyote, moose, and bear.

The Monadnock Conservancy is leading efforts to protect 100 acres of forest, fields, and shoreline. To save this land for recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat, $1.5 million needs to be raised by December 31, 2018. Please donate online to the campaign today, or call the Conservancy at 603-357-0600.

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