Page Pond and Forest

The sun and its reflection in Page Pond in Meredith, New Hampshire.Evening light on Page Pond.Photo credit: ©Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The residents of Meredith, New Hampshire have long considered Page Pond and its surrounding forest and wetlands an identifying feature of the community. So when the land came up for sale in 2007, volunteers lined up to help preserve it. The 567-acre property in eastern Meredith was a top conservation priority because of its recreational uses, wildlife habitat, and its importance as a key northern watershed influencing the water quality of Lake Winnipesaukee. It features an unfragmented forest; the completely undeveloped, 19-acre Great Pond; and an extensive wetland complex.

TPL acquired and transferred the land to the town in January 2009 and the town's Conservation Commission has opened the property for year-round low-impact recreation, including hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, canoeing, bird watching and nature appreciation. As a community owned and managed asset, public access and recreation will continue in perpetuity.

In 2015, The Trust for Public Land began working to expand the Town Forest by nearly 200 acres. This addition will provide new access to nearly 800 acres of protected open space for the public to enjoy. The property includes 27 acres of wetlands, 21 acres of fallow fields, and 151 acres of upland forest. Beyond its valuable natural resources, the land supports several culturally significant features dating back to the early 1800s. Visit the Page Pond Community Forest Expansion page to learn more about this exciting project.

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