Creating a lasting legacy a stone's throw from Keene.
Each decade, species are shifting their ranges 11 miles north and 30 feet in elevation in response to climate change. How do we give species the best chance to rearrange themselves in the face of this seismic shift? The answer it seems, lies in protecting and connecting the lands beneath our feet—the places where plants and wildlife (and even people!) can survive and thrive.
An Anchor to Joy
Raising her children in the shadow of Surry Mountain in southwestern New Hampshire is one of Barbara Richter's fondest memories. Now she joins the effort to forever conserve this special place in her heart. Emmerse yourself in her story.
Today, we’re one step closer to safeguarding a key wildlife corridor in the Granite State with the conservation of Surry Mountain. This 1,368-acre property, just north of Keene, is a critical piece of the conservation puzzle we’re working on piecing together in the Monadnock region—a network of more than 50,000 acres of interconnected conservation land in the area. Nearly nine miles of frontage along seven headwater streams will be safeguarded, providing clean water to those in the region. Black bears, bobcats, fishers and other wildlife will roam freely across the land’s extensive, high-quality habitat. The beautiful and remote Lily Pond will remain undeveloped, along with 16 acres of bogs, beaver ponds and other wetlands. Healthy, well-managed forest land will continue to filter our air and water.
Thanks to the generosity of members like you, we have successfully raised the $3.6 million to protect this irreplaceable landscape and are currently putting the finishing touches on the acquisition. With hiking, hunting, fishing and snowshoeing galore, Surry Mountain will be open to the public as our 31st preserve in the state, a place for outdoor adventure, inspiring vistas and restorative silence.
In time, we’ll be sharing more news about the opening of the preserve and stories about some of the folks that have helped make it happen. We can’t wait to explore this special place with you!