MOULTONBOROUGH — The Town of Moultonborough's purchase of The Moultonborough Falls Conservation Area was finally completed at the end of August, according to Moultonborough Conservation Commission Chair Marie Samaha.

The purchase was made possible by private donations, a grant from the state's Moose Plate program, and the passage of a funding article at the Moultonborough Town Meeting last year. In addition to purchasing the land, the money raised will also pay for building a parking area and trails.

Ninety-one individuals made donations to the project, some two or three times. The Town administration, Board of Selectmen and Advisory Budget Committee also supported the project, resulting in a positive vote at the Town Samaha said the next steps in the project will include granting the Lakes Region Conservation Trust an easement for the land. The Trust will monitor and help manage the land. Plans also include building trails and a small parking area off NH Route 25 so that visitors can appreciate the beauty of the wooded area and Lees Pond.

Samaha said the town is grateful to the Goffredo family who owned the land previously. Robert Goffredo was supportive of the project and his family continued his interest in conserving the area after his death last February.

This 37-acre parcel has 3,800 feet of shoreline on Lees Pond and the Red Hill River. The property is an integral part of the Red Hill River Watershed and connects to preserved land along the Red Hill River in Sandwich and Garland Pond in Moultonborough and has been identified as a high priority wildlife habitat area. The land provides an extension of the wildlife corridor from Red Hill down to the pond and the extensive marsh area along the shoreline provides habitats for birds, waterfowl and other aquatic animals.

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