Albany Town Forest Conservation Easement
Albany & Conway, NH
We closed on the 302-acre Albany Town Forest Project in January 2012 in cooperation with the Town of Albany and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). This working forest conservation easement was donated to USVLT by TPL and the fee was simultaneously transferred to the Town of Albany, ensuring that the property will remain undeveloped while producing valuable forest products.
The property also protects the spectacular viewshed to Mount Washington from NH RT 16 and along the Kancamagus Highway, a National Scenic Byway, provides public recreation and protects the water quality of the Swift River & the Saco Valley Glacial Aquifer. TPL successfully raised the $800,000+ funding for the project from many sources including the Town of Albany, Open Space Institute, NH’s Land & Community Heritage Investment Program, NH Moose Plate Program, NH Fish & Game & NH Department of Transportation. The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s membership also contributed generously to the project.
“As a Kennett High School student in the 1960s, I ran and skied on the trails along the Swift River assuming that this beautiful forest would always be here. With 40 years hindsight it is particularly rewarding to see this assumption realized. Congratulations to the citizens of Albany for recognizing the promise that this property holds as a town forest, a place of recreation, and as a gateway to our much loved Kancamagus Highway. Thank you to all who have contributed their time and financial resources to help realize this vital conservation achievement. The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust looks forward to a strong partnership with the Town of Albany in stewarding this forest for this and generations to come.”