The 410-mile Connecticut River is New England's largest river, draining a 7.2 million-acre watershed that supports fisheries, farmlands, forests, and fresh water in four states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The Trust for Public Land helped the Hurd family conserve their working land straddling the Taylor River in Hampton and Hampton Falls, New Hampshire for farmland and open space, while also protecting coastal land, and preserving a portion of Hampton's agricultural history.
In 2005, the historic Ballam Farm, situated on the banks of the
Connecticut River and above the town of Walpole's most productive
drinking water aquifer, was nearly sold for development into a car
These 171,000 acres at the northern tip of the state encompass
almost the entire watershed of four lakes that form the Connecticut
TPL has protected thousands of acres in the Mahoosuc region, which straddles the New Hampshire-Maine border, includes miles of the Appalachian Trail, supports wildlife, drinking water, and working timberlands, including locally owned community forests.
Since 1999, TPL has helped the State of New Hampshire create a new park on the southern tip of the lake, and added roughly 8,000 acres to the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge.
TPL worked with Hampton Falls, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and the Rockingham County Conservation District, and the USDA Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program to conserve New Hampshire's historic Raspberry Farm, named for a now defunct pick-your-own berries and farm stand, protecti