Conservation easements acquired on more than 10,000 acres in Newry and Riley Township

Jan 6, 2009

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The Grafton Notch-Stowe Mountain and Robinson Peak projects are part of a greater “Mahoosuc Initiative,” a collaborative effort to conserve the recreational, scenic and economic values of this unique landscape. This Stowe Mountain property is adjacent to the 3,688-acre Grafton Notch Forest Legacy project that TPL helped protect in 2007. Now that the Stowe Mountain property is protected, the addition will provide a corridor for a new 4-mile extension and new access to the recently completed Grafton Loop Trail, which extends from the Appalachian Trail. The corridor has dramatic views of the Mahoosuc region from Stowe, Bald, and Sunday River White Cap mountain summits.

… Jeremy Sheaffer, Maine project director for The Wilderness Society, said, “At a time when public access to land has been disappearing in a blizzard of ‘No Trespassing’ signs, the Stowe Mountain project represents a significant conservation puzzle piece in the Western Mountain landscape that will guarantee the people of Maine and our guests permanent access to a wild place.”