Cranmore Conservation Easement
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s first wetlands mitigation conservation easement on 53.75 acres of the 824 acre Cranmore Mountain Resort property permanently protects the watershed of Kearsarge Brook and Holt Brook as well as the scenic views of 1,800 feet of undeveloped frontage on Hurricane Mountain Road in Conway, NH.
Protection of the property also enhances the existing scenic and ecological resources of the adjacent 908 acre Town of Conway Common Lands and a 730 acre property owned by The Nature Conservancy. Approximately 1/2 mile of the recreational mountain bike trail known as the Red Tail Trail is located within the easement area as well.
This project is a win- win -win for the Land Trust, Cranmore Mountain Resort and the environment. The 53.75 acre easement protects important conservation values and far exceeds the required acreage for the minimal wetlands impact at Mt. Cranmore Ski Area. In fact, the existing wetlands at Mt. Cranmore Ski Area will actually be improved as a result of current ski area improvements.
“I’ve watched the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust grow and have been impressed with the quality of conservation work it has done in the valley. We are very glad to have formed this very natural relationship between the mountain and the Land Trust to protect our land along Keasarge Brook”