July 30, 2018| Community Development

Behind the scenes, our work to protect critically important landscapes is often multifaceted. Sometimes projects take unforeseen turns that involve big time commitments and rely heavily on strong relationships with partners and community members who also have myriad goals and concerns—all to ultimately accomplish conservation that’s good for both nature and for people. This is where The Conservation Fund thrives, and time and time again our partners choose us because we remain solution-driven no matter the challenge.

At over 5,000-acres, the Beebe River property in New Hampshire is no exception. In order to protect this unique forested landscape that shares a common border with the esteemed White Mountain National Forest, and keep the forest working and providing local jobs, we first had to tackle a major habitat restoration project for brook trout. The success of this project would not be possible without partnerships and a strong commitment from the surrounding community. 

With funding from the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), an initiative of the 2014 Farm Bill, and the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund—we have permanently protected and improved this land. Working forest conservation easements (through our Working Forest Fund program) guarantee economic returns through the sustainable management of the property, while ensuring public recreational access now and for generations to come