Concord may perhaps buy 35-acre conservation land along Hopkinton border

Printed: 12/19/2020 5:36:19 PM

The city of Harmony might insert a further 35 acres of conservation land together the Hopkinton border to a substantial swath of safeguarded residence totaling 3 square miles.

The city Conservation Commission has permitted paying $49,900 from the Conservation Rely on Fund to get the land alongside the previous District 5 Highway, west of Penacook Lake, from the Leadbeater family.

The proposal will be the subject matter of a Jan. 11 community listening to, after which the City Council will determine no matter whether to approve the expenditure.

“The assets adds to a large contiguous block of conservation land totaling in excess of 1,950 acres in Harmony,” states a report by Assistant City Planner Beth Fenstermacher. That involves the adjoining 235-acre Region Hill Woods owned by the city and the 546-acre Rossview Farm, which has a condition conservation easement, as perfectly as close by Desjardins Property and 11 acres acquired from the Leadbeaters previously the calendar year. “These conservation properties link the (proposed buy) to other conservation land in the location, which include Carter Hill Orchard, Dimond Hill Farm and the Penacook Watershed conservation attributes.”

This space incorporates the longest climbing paths in the metropolis, extending from Interstate 89 in the south to Carter Hill Farm in the north.

A September appraisal set the benefit of the 35-acre parcel at $49,900 as is, or $36,000 if marketable timber was first taken out from the home.

The proposal calls for the city to handle the home “to safeguard the pure methods.”

(David Brooks can be attained at 369-3313 or [email protected] or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)