WENTWORTH LOCATION — Two of New Hampshire’s best trout ponds will be protected in the latest effort to ensure outdoor recreation and timber jobs in the Androscoggin River Headwaters, The Trust for Public Land and several partners announced recently.
The ponds are in a 934-acre property that The Trust for Public Land bought for $2.475 million and then sold it to the state.
“Greenough Pond and Little Greenough Pond are two of the only three remaining wild trout ponds in the state and they offer some of the best trout fishing in New Hampshire,” said Rodger Krussman, New Hampshire director of The Trust for Public Land.
The state will make the property open to the public for fishing and hunting. The property is also popular for snowmobiling, with more than three miles of state-maintained snowmobile trails.
The ponds were purchased from Plum Creek as part of an overall effort to protect 31,000 acres of land in the Androscoggin Headwaters in the northern end of the state.
The Trust for Public Land has been working with Plum Creek since 2007 in the Androscoggin region. The 934 acres will create a new Greenough Ponds State Wildlife Management Area. Earlier, 7,400 acres had been purchased by the federal government for additions to the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Still under discussion are another 23,000 acres of conservation easements on Plum Creek land, meaning the company could own it and produce timber from it, but the land couldn’t be developed.
“Protection of the Greenough Ponds is a high priority because it secures access for anglers, hunters, snowmobilers and paddlers in one of the most pristine locations in the state,” said Glenn Normandeau, executive director of New Hampshire Fish and Game.