Historic Ossipee Lake Natural Area
Rare and endangered plants bloom on its shoreline where mysterious streams of colored water seep from the earth and create pockets of what feels like quicksand.
Four of its five natural communities are rare in New Hampshire, and one of them is found nowhere else. Inland, bears, foxes and eagles roam where archeologists say the area’s first humans settled.
The N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) designated the 400-acre Ossipee Lake Natural Area site as “one of the State’s most valuable assets in terms of its natural and cultural resources.” But for years the property was an orphan – unmanaged, targeted for development, unknowingly damaged by boaters.
Now, on the 40th anniversary of the State’s purchase of the property the Natural Area has a management plan that balances recreation with preservation, with a portion of the shoreline open to boaters and the remainder of the property closed for recovery and rejuvenation.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Your Help is Needed
The success of the Natural Area management plan is dependent on public awareness and cooperation. Please read our special summer 2009 issue of Ossipee Lake Report, which was written by members of the Working Group who helped craft the final version of the plan.
You can also help by posting comments here on this website. Tell us and the DRED Working Group how you think the plan is working and what can be done better in the coming months as we continue to refine the document and the operating strategy.
The Friends of Historic Ossipee Lake Natural Area is a group sponsored by Ossipee Lake Alliance and supported by residents of Ossipee Lake, the conservation commissions of Ossipee and Effingham and other groups and individuals, including many boaters.
You can help support our efforts by sending a tax-deductible contribution in any amount payable to Ossipee Lake Alliance, P.O. Box 173, Freedom NH 03836. Businesses and non-profit organizations should contact us at email@example.com.
Ossipee Lake Alliance is a 501(c)(3) New Hampshire corporation with a website at www.ossipeelake.org.