Added acreage will provide both recreational opportunities and clean drinking water.
The Trust for Public Land adds 198 acres of protected land to the Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith. This conserved land adjoins the 560-acre Page Pond Community Forest that was protected in 2009.
To the joy of local outdoor enthusiasts, in October, The Trust for Public Land announced that 198 acres have been added to the existing 567 acre Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith. The expansive property is not only a popular retreat for outdoor recreation , but also protects wetlands, streams, and surface water flowing into Lake Winnipesaukee. Hikers, walkers, and joggers have enjoyed the existing trails since the original 567 acres were protected by The Trust for Public Land in 2010, and this 198 acre expansion will provide easier access for residents of Meredith Village and a new outdoor classroom for the Interlakes Regional School. The project was funded in part through a $300,000 grant from the US Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Grant Program. The Trust for Public Land played a major role in creating the program which has provided nearly $13 million in grant funding for 42 community forest projects in 19 states and territories. The federal funding has leveraged $28 million in non-federal cost-share. Read more