Forest Society Misses Fundraising Deadline In Effort To Block Northern Pass

Oct 30, 2012

In August the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests said it hoped to raise $2.5 million by October 31st to help it block the Northern Pass project in the North Country.

But it won’t make that fundraising deadline.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With donations totaling almost $869,000  the Forest Society has fallen about $1.6 million short of its goal.

That goal was buying conservation easements on four properties that the society hopes will block Northern Pass from finding a new route through Northern Coos County.

But Forest Society spokesman Jack Savage insisted not collecting the $2.5 million by October 31st is not a failure.

It’s enough to close two of the four conservation easements, he said.

 “We’re well on our way towards that goal with two down and two to go.”

He said fundraising would continue into 2013.

“The contract we have with the landowners enables us to continue raising money into 2013.”

Earlier this year The Forest Society sold an island in Lake Umbagog for about $1 million. 

Asked whether that money might be used to help pay for the conservation easements Savage said that decision is up to the society’s board of directors.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen