Another effective method for preventing pollution into headwater streams is to conserve and protect the land surrounding the waterways. In Wakefield, NH there’s a new 122-acre Wildlife Management Area. It was through the collaborative work of NH Fish & Game, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG), the Town of Wakefield Conservation Commission and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests that this land protection project was brought to fruition. NH Fish & Game acquired the property to protect its outstanding wildlife and water resources and to provide the public with recreational opportunities like hunting, fishing, hiking and more. The property brings protection to more than a mile of shoreline on the Branch River and Union Meadows.
Funds for the purchase came from a variety of sources. MMRG helped write grants to raise funds for purchase of the property and also contributed more than $18,000 from its own conservation fund to cover expenses for surveys, appraisals, and legal work. Other funders were N.H. Fish and Game, which allocated $100,000 of federal Wildlife Restoration funds to the purchase; the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which awarded a $50,000 grant for the project; and the PREP Land Conservation Transaction Grant Program, which provided $4,000.