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American Rivers, MA – Support for the removal of the Briggsville Dam on the Hoosic River in Clarksburg, Massachusetts, resulting in the re-wilding of a significant section of the North Branch of the Hoosic River to provide habitat for native river species such as the Eastern brook trout.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife – Support for further land protection at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area, a ~2,000-acre property located in the Towns of Halifax and Hanson, Massachusetts, and a highly significant site for breeding, feeding and migrating waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical migrants, and other wildlife. The grant will support the restoration of approximately 250 acres of human-impacted wetlands to a mosaic of native emergent wetland habitats critically important to a wide range of plant and animal species in the region.

Forest Society of Maine – Toward direct costs associated with the protection of ecologically important lands in northern Maine as forever wild ecological reserves.
$10,000 as first installment of a multi-year pledge

Harris Center for Conservation Education, NH – Support for an easement stewardship endowment to monitor and enforce the conservation easement held by the Harris Center for Conservation Education on the approximately 4,000-acre Peirce-Williams-Holland properties in Stoddard and Windsor owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. These properties in combination with adjacent lands under conservation easement or ownership represent over 13,000 acres of protected land. They form part of a larger landscape of 23,000 acres protected by the Harris Center, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Audubon, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, and private landowners. These conservation lands constitute critical links in the two-state strategic plan known as “Quabbin to Cardigan,” an effort by many collaborating groups and government agencies to protect some of the most ecologically significant unfragmented land in southern New Hampshire and north-central Massachusetts.

The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Resource Office – For support of data gathering, analysis, mapping, a report, and public presentations on “The Status of Wildlands Conservation in the Northern Appalachians and Future Needs.
$20,000 as first installment of a multi-year pledge

The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Chapter – For support of the purchase of a forever wild conservation restriction on Camp Northrop, an approximately 300-acre property in the town of Mount Washington in the southern Berkshires that abuts extensive lands of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to the south and lands of the State of New York to the west. Overall, protection of this land will help connect more than 18,000 acres of protected lands on the Taconic Plateau, a forested landscape that captures and buffers rainfall filtering to the calcareous wetlands below, wetlands that are home to the greatest concentration of rare species in southern New England.

The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Chapter – Support for the stewardship endowment for monitoring and enforcement of the Conservancy’s forever wild conservation easement on the Perry Reservation, approximately 528 acres of land in the towns of Sharon, Rindge, and New Ipswich owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, as well as support for the baseline and easement stewardship endowment for the Conservancy’s forever wild conservation easement on the Ossipee Mountain/Castle in the Clouds property, approximately 8,000 acres of land in Moultonborough, Tamworth, and Tuftonboro, New Hampshire owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.

Northeast Wilderness Trust, VT – For support of a permanent conservation easement on the ~1,200-acre forest and wetland acquisition at the Piscataquis River/Alder Stream project in Atkinson, Maine. This property, with its three miles of frontage along the Piscataquis River, forms a key part of the ~20,000-acre conservation project in the Alder Stream area and will protect habitat for wildlife such as bear, moose, bald eagles, waterfowl, American bittern, and the endangered Atlantic salmon, as well as a significant grove of mature American chestnut trees.
$15,000 as first installment of a multi-year pledge

Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, ME – Support for the acquisition and protection through perpetual, forever wild conservation covenants of the approximately 414-acre Whitten Hill property in Montville, Maine. The protected land is an important connecting piece at the headwaters of the Sheepscot River, part of a 1,100 acre protected block and of the larger effort to protect 10,000 acres in the Sheepscot River Focus Area, which an earlier Sweet Water grant helped identify.