Baptist Pond Trust-East

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Baptist Pond Trust-East

North of Stoney Brook Road, Springfield

Harriet Garfield purchased this property in 1954 to protect it from development. In 2013, her grandchildren, the Hodges and Garfield families, donated a conservation easement to follow through on their grandmother’s original intentions. This conservation easement is the family’s second easement donation on Baptist Pond and includes a half-mile of shore front on the east side of the pond. The property also shares one mile of its boundary with the Star Lake Farm conservation easement property, which adds to the 2,100 acres of contiguous land conserved in the southern part of Springfield.

This significant block of forestland, farm fields, ponds, lakes, and wetlands provides important wildlife habitat for many species including the nesting loons on Baptist Pond and Star Lake. Loons are threatened by shoreline development which increases predator densities, human activity, shoreline erosion, and decreases water quality and aquatic food webs making this conservation project particularly important to continued loon nesting on Baptist Pond.

The property provides scenic views from Interstate 89 and Stoney Brook Road in Springfield. The generosity of the Baptist Pond Trust, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, the Springfield Conservation Commission, and many private donors helped to make this project possible.

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