January 18, 2013

Agreements Tie Up Another 500 Acres

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests signed and recorded options on additional parcels of land in Stewartstown that will further frustrate the ability of Northern Pass to bridge the gaps in their intended route for a 180-mile high-voltage transmission line through New Hampshire.

Brad and Daryl Thompson each signed options that would enable the Forest Society to acquire conservation easements on two parcels totaling 364 acres along Bear Rock Road. Northern Pass had acquired parcels to the east and west of the Thompson's land in a failed attempt to find a way around the Forest's Society's existing blocking action.

The Forest Society also signed and recorded an option to acquire a fee interest in an additional 153 acres in what is known as the Fred Williams Place, which abuts other lands the Forest Society has under agreement.

"The net result of these additional options is that we will have Northern Pass penned in," said Will Abbott, vice-president of policy and land management.

The Forest Society is continuing to raise funds to complete conservation easements on 1300 acres that block the intended route of Northern Pass. To date $1.25 million has been raised from more than 1,200 donors representing 191 New Hampshire towns and 26 states across the country.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with anyone directly affected by the above ground wires and poles that would be a result of the NP project. For it or against it. It is their right. What I don't agree with is people, organizations and government entities from other communities having an influence one way or another. It's none of their business. If they were around years ago, there wouldn't be a Mt Washington observatory or auto road. There wouldn't be the Cog Railway. I-93 wouldn't make it's way thru the Franconia Notch. My town will have these powerlines and I am personally for the NP project. I personnaly don' t think they would look that bad, especially at a distance looking at scenery. A beautiful person with a scare is no less beautiful. I can think of many small downtowns that are considered quaint and eye appealing, but have many telephone poles/wires that are basically invisible by the many people that visit and pass thru. Can you imagine if telephone polls weren't allowed in our home town mainstreets. No phones, no cable, no internet. If it's in your backyard or adjacent to your land, it's your choice. Everyone else needs to just go away.


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