Mt. Major

Environment
5:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Race To Conserve Belknap, Major Properties Heads Towards Finish

Arthur Richardson pushes toward the summit of Mount Major on a recent hike. He completed the climb twice this day
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

In the Southern Lakes Region of New Hampshire, a bid is underway to conserve about a thousand acres of forested valleys and peaks in the Belknap range.  The fundraising campaign to buy this land has focused on a popular and convenient hike, Mount Major, on the shores of Alton Bay. As the project heads toward the finish line, it illustrates the tension between preserving access while still protecting ecosystems.

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