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Goshen Easement Protects Waterfront

Bessie explores a brook on the Garvey Conservation Easement in Goshen, N.H.  The easement was donated to Ausbon Sargent last month by Bessie's owner, John Garvey.
John Garvey photograph

Bessie explores a brook on the Garvey Conservation Easement in Goshen, N.H. The easement was donated to Ausbon Sargent last month by Bessie's owner, John Garvey. John Garvey photograph

New London — A conservation easement donated to Ausbon Sargent last month protects almost 3,000 feet of water frontage in Goshen.

The easement, donated by John Garvey, of New London, includes about 1,000 feet of frontage on Blood Brook and 1,900 feet on Baker Brook. The brooks flow into Gunnison Lake in the Sugar River Watershed.

The protected land, which is primarily forested, provides habitat for moose, bear, deer, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

It is located on the 100-mile-long Quabbin to Cardigan Corridor, which extends from the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, Mass., to Mount Cardigan and the White Mountain National Forest. The region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected forest in central New England, according to the New England Forestry Foundation’s website.

The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and the Boston-based William P. Wharton Trust helped pay the transaction costs for the easement. — Staff report