Representatives of the Conservation Commission presented a plan to purchase a 37 acre parcel they have named the "Lee's Pond Preserve"to the CIPC last Thursday morning. The majority of the funds would come from fundraising and the Con Com plans to work with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in that endeavour. The Con Com is looking for $50,000 of taxpayer support in the 2017 capital year, with the balance coming from fundraising efforts. An appraisal has been completed and an offer has been made on the property and as such, the final price ( listed at $335,000) is not yet known.
According to the Con Com web site:
"The Lee’s Pond Preserve, map lot 76/4, is 37 acres of undeveloped land along the Red Hill River and Lee’s Pond marshland. Offered for sale by a private trust, it is located in a high-priority conservation zone. The property provides diverse wildlife habitats and corridors, borders sensitive wetlands and has historical value. Located in thriving 1800’s village of Moultonborough Falls, historic photographs show a number of buildings along a dirt road, and cleared land that is much different than what we see today. The conservation commission is leading the effort to raise funds to buy the property, and put it into the hands of a conservation organization that will guarantee protection forever. "