NH Forest Society Seeks Conservation Easements

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A conservation group working to block an electrical project from Canada into southern New Hampshire is seeking to disrupt the project by paying for conservation easements.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests announced yesterday it has negotiated agreements to buy the easements on 1,500 acres from landowners in Coos County.

Now the group must raise $2.5 million by the end of October to complete the sales.

The Northern Pass Transmission is owned by Northeast Utilities. The project would run from Pittsburg to Deerfield with 140 miles on existing right-of-way and 40 miles through scenic sections of the state’s North Country.

Northern Pass spokesman Martin Murray says the Society was using the project as a "convenient fund-raiser" and would not stop efforts to build it.

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