City of Concord, Five Rivers Conservation Trust conserve 26 acres for outdoor recreation & wildlife habitat
CONCORD, NH – The City of Concord has acquired and conserved 26 acres of land connecting Winant Park with Walker State Forest. To ensure the permanent conservation of the property and access for public enjoyment the City granted Five Rivers Conservation Trust a conservation easement on the property.
Concord has become known as a place where residents can recreate in the outdoors close to home and this area, known as the Backwoods, is actively used for outdoor recreation by pedestrians and mountain bikers. In total, these contiguous conserved properties provide 180 acres near the heart of the City. The property includes hardwood and softwood forest, shrub wetlands and ledge outcrops which provide habitat for numerous resident wildlife species.
With this new addition, the Backwoods property is now 54 acres. The abutting Winant Park to the south is 85 acres, also owned by the City of Concord, and conserved with an easement held by Five Rivers. The abutting Walker State Forest to the north, owned and managed by the State of New Hampshire, adds 51 acres. These contiguous conserved properties provide miles of recreational trails.
Ken Stern, project manager for Five Rivers says, “It has been a wonderful opportunity working with the City and building upon our long partnership of conserving important open space for present and future generations to enjoy.”
The City will manage the property consistent with its natural resources and terms of the conservation easement. Five Rivers will monitor the property to ensure compliance with the easement terms.
Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit membership supported organization that works with communities and landowners to protect land with important conservation values. The goal of the Trust is to ensure that future generationscan experience, utilize, and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and fields that characterize much of the landscape today. The organization works in seventeen communities across the greater capital region and has conserved 79 properties, totaling over 4900 acres.