Rindge and New Ipswich, New Hampshire
Forever-Wild Easement; Completed Project
In December 2008, the Northeast Wilderness Trust completed the multi-year Wapack Wilderness Conservation Campaign, preserving 1,400 acres of vibrant forest, waterways, and wetlands in Rindge and New Ipswich, New Hampshire with a forever-wild conservation easement. This exceptional wild landscape is owned by the Hampshire Country School, a small boarding school. The wilderness easement has preserved more than a mile of the historic Wapack Trail and eight distinct natural communities, two of which are classified as rare. The property also abuts other protected lands resulting in greater habitat connectivity.
The opportunity to protect an intact forest of this size is increasingly rare in southern New Hampshire. By working with the School, the Trust has preserved a unique landscape, ensured the continuation of countless recreational opportunities for the region’s residents and visitors, maintained a natural classroom for its students, and generated needed revenue for its educational programs and land stewardship. Students and school, land and wild creatures, residents and visitors—all win.
Learn More: Wapack Wilderness Profile (PDF)
For more information about the Wapack Trail: Friends of the Wapack
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