Cooperatove Conservation Project

Trout Pond

Location: Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic Region: New Hampshire

Project Summary: The Trust for Public Land and its partners created a 2,660-acre community forest in Freedom, New Hampshire.
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Resource Challenge

Located off the Ossipee Lake road in the towns of Freedom and Madison, the land was threatened with a series of development proposals over the years. It represents the largest parcel of undeveloped land in Freedom and is situated over the largest stratified drift aquifer in the state. As part of the Ossipee watershed, the property includes the 21 acre pristine Trout Pond, a portion of Jackman’s Ridge, and Mary’s Mountain. The parcel links a number of adjacent conserved properties, including the Nature Conservancy’s West Branch Pine Barrens Preserve and the Madison Town Forest, forming a block of protected land of over 5,000 acres. It is rich in history, with connections to Native Americans and colonial settlements, and particularly the historic village of Shawtown, where remnants of this settlement are still visible today.

Examples of Key Partners

Trust for Public Land

State of New Hampshire

Town of Freedom

Friends of Trout Pond

Green Mountain Conservation Group

US Forest Legacy Program

other partners

Results and Accomplishments

The Trust for Public Land worked with the New Hampshire Forest Legacy Program and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development to assist the Town of Freedom with the purchase of the conservation easement. The Town manages the property to allow traditional recreation, wildlife habitat protection, watershed protection, and sustainable forestry. 


Project Contact
Tom Sadler
Director of Program Development
Trust for Public Land
660 Pensylvania Avenue, SE Suite 401
Washington, DC 20003


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