Some of the best conservation wins are when we are able to connect a newly conserved parcel to already existing conserved land. Such was the case with Maynard Forest III, a 250-acre forested parcel in Keene, NH, along Old Gilsum Road. Maynard Forest III connects with a 1,077-acre piece of land owned by the City of Keene with the Conservancy’s 267-acre Maynard Forest, creating a contiguous block of conserved land extending north into Gilsum. The longer the stretch of conserved land, the more benefit it holds for local wildlife.
For this reason many conservation experts, in the Conservancy and at the City of Keene, have long hoped this piece of forest could be protected. We are proud to be able to help realize this dream of a large tract of conserved land in Keene. The property itself is considered important wildlife habitat by the NH Wildlife Action Plan, including 90 acres of Tier 1 habitat – the highest ranked wildlife habitat in New Hampshire.
*Transaction funding for the project was provided by the Quabbin-to Cardigan Partnership, a public/private effort to protect the Monadnock highlands of western New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. To learn more, visit www.q2cpartnership.org.