Cunningham Pond is a community treasure. It’s a place where you hear the alluring call of loons, the laughter of children at the town beach, and the quiet wind rustling through the trees. The largely undeveloped shoreline and adjacent forests are home to deer, fox, fisher, bobcat, coyote, moose, and bear.
Preserve a Community Treasure
In 2017, three building lots (20 acres total) on the east shore were subdivided and sold. Residents wanted to make sure that the rest of the open land didn’t become developed, so they approached the Monadnock Conservancy about protecting the land. The Conservancy’s Board decided that it would be willing to lead the fundraising campaign and purchase the property.
The goal is to raise $1.5 million to achieve permanent protection of more than 100 acres (the $1.179 million mark was passed as of the end of November 2019). This includes the purchase price of $1.325 million as well as funds to manage the acquisition process, make initial improvements, and support long-term management.
As of December 6, 2019, the Conservancy now owns the property, which also borders Goyette Natural Area, another Conservancy protected property. We already built a network of public trails this fall, and we will install a parking area off Cunningham Pond Road in spring 2020 to make the area more easily accessible. Our purchase also includes the historic stone boathouse on Cunningham Pond. Because we do not have a programmatic use for the boathouse, the structure and approximately 5 acres around it will soon be subdivided and re-sold subject to permanent restrictions on further development and residential use. The proceeds of this sale will count toward meeting our $1.5 million fundraising goal.
Please Donate Today
Your donation can help complete public access improvements, fund future stewardship, and replenish our Opportunity Fund — to be ready to act on the next property that needs to be saved.
All donations to the Cunningham Pond project should be directed to the Monadnock Conservancy. The Conservancy gratefully accepts online donations, donations of cash and securities, and multi-year pledges of up to three years may be possible for large donations.
The map below outlines the land to recently protected land in red, including a large 15-acre hayfield, 85 acres of forest, significant shoreline frontage (1,800 feet), and more than a half mile of scenic frontage along NH Route 101.